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Trump Might Impose Tariffs and Quotas on Foreign Steel

Trump says he is considering both quotas and tariffs to stop any dumping.
By The News · 13 of July 2017 15:11:36
In this file photo taken Dec. 30, 2016 photo, smoke spews from the sprawling complex that is a part of the Jiujiang steel and rolling mills in Qianan in northern China's Hebei province, In this file photo taken Dec. 30, 2016 photo, smoke spews from the sprawling complex that is a part of the Jiujiang steel and rolling mills in Qianan in northern China's Hebei province. photo: AP/Ng Han Guan, File, photo: AP/Ng Han Guan, File

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is considering putting tariffs and quotas on steel imported from foreign countries.

The president says that China and other unnamed countries are dumping steel in the U.S. market. That hurts U.S. steelmakers by reducing prices, he told reporters. The comments were initially said to be off the record, but the White House decided to make them public Thursday.

 

Trump says, “We’re like a dumping ground, OK? They’re dumping steel and destroying our steel industry.”

He says he is considering both quotas and tariffs to stop any dumping.

The Commerce Department is reviewing at his request whether to impose a tariff on steel imports for national security reasons.

The U.S. imports 30 percent of the steel it consumes. Only 3 percent of steel imports come from China.

JOSH BOAK