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Could tariffs make U.S. businesses less productive in the long run?

by Sabri Ben-Achour May 24, 2019
Higher tariffs on Chinese imports, especially those that are used to make things in the U.S., can cut efficiency and competitiveness, experts say.
Chinese shipping containers that were unloaded at the Port of Long Beach in Los Angeles County in 2018.
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Changing supply chains isn't as easy as 1, 2, 3

by Tracey Samuelson May 22, 2019
Some companies are better suited to change where they get things made than others.
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Trade showdown

Where do things stand with the trade war?

by Kai Ryssdal May 6, 2019
It's been kinda hard to keep up.
The U.S. flag flies over shipping cranes and containers in Long Beach, California, in March.
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My Economy: Dealing with trade uncertainty

by Daniel Shin and Sean McHenry May 6, 2019
Todd Adams just wants to see an end to trade and tariff volatility between the U.S. and China.
"I can’t say that we’ve shifted any more manufacturing back to the U.S. based on the tariff," said Todd Adams, president of stainless steel manufacturing company Sanitube, about last year's steel tariff. Above, a steel market in China in 2018.
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Trade showdown

Tariff exemption process remains "frustrating" for companies submitting applications

by Marketplace Staff Nov 7, 2018
Ronnie Smith at McMahon Steel is not convinced the people evaluating his requests were prepared to do so.
A worker handles steel cables at a factory in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province in July. 
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Trade showdown

FOIA documents unmask the tariff exemption process

by Phoebe Unterman, Tracey Samuelson, and Janet Nguyen Nov 5, 2018
We obtained Department of Commerce documents to see how applications were approved and denied.
The majority of requests for tariff exemptions have been denied. Above, a steel distribution factory in Monterrey, Mexico.
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Trade showdown

Exemptions for steel tariffs are still in limbo

by Amy Scott and Phoebe Unterman Oct 2, 2018
We check in with a stainless steel producer who is still trying to get reimbursed for tariffs he believes he wrongfully paid.
Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill in March in Portage, Indiana.
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Trade showdown

Life's good in the sector tariffs were intended to protect

by Sean McHenry and Kai Ryssdal Aug 21, 2018
A steel producer stands behind Trump's decision to implement tariffs.
A worker trims a newly cast steel slab at the NLMK Indiana steel mill in March in Portage, Indiana. 
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In the ongoing trade saga, some businesses are caught in bureaucratic crosshairs

by Kai Ryssdal Jul 25, 2018
Ronnie Smith at McMahon Steel Supply says buying foreign steel is "just an economic fact of life."
A slab of steel, 8 inches thick, is heated before being rolled into a coil of steel at the NLMK Indiana mill in Portage, Indiana, in March.
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Trade showdown

A dreaded ending to the tariff exemption process

by Phoebe Unterman Jul 19, 2018
 Todd Adams is vice president of Stainless Imports Inc., a small family-owned stainless steel manufacturer based in Florida. We had Adams on the show in early May. His company had applied for an exemption from tariffs on a specific product; the company…