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

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

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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A dreaded ending to the tariff exemption process

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 had “combed the earth” to find a mill that could produce it and found one […]

Navigating the objection phase of the tariff exemption process

Jun 21, 2018
This week, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the first official exemptions and rejections for companies that applied for exclusions from steel and aluminum tariffs. For seven lucky companies, that means they’ll get to stop paying the tariffs on specific imports — 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum. But for Sam Desai, who […]

For this Canadian company, tariffs "hit from both ends"

Jun 5, 2018
"We should all be working together" says Paul McGrath of JEM Strapping Systems.
Workers remove a coil from the production line for quality-control testing during steel production at the NLMK Indiana steel mill in March in Portage, Indiana.
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Filing for a tariff exemption? You probably need a lawyer

Jun 5, 2018
The cost of legal fees has come up among many we’ve interviewed about the process of applying for exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs from the Department of Commerce. Kate Karol, counsel at Butzel Long in Detroit, has been working with several clients on their applications and said the people at her firm have spent […]

As the steel tariff exemption process drags on, optimism wanes

Jun 4, 2018
An American tire cord producer is frustrated by President Trump's 25 percent levy and an objection to his exemption application.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testifies about U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing in Washington, D.C.,  in March.
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American manufacturers cope with the loss of EU tariff exemptions

Duties seem like a thing between countries, but individual businesses often wind up holding the economic bag.
Rail cars loaded with rolled up steel at ThyssenKrupp Schwelgern steel plant on May 30, 2018, in Duisburg, Germany.
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Tariff exemption applications move through review process

May 17, 2018
Bill Brebrick of Zapp Precision Wire and Joel Johnson of Borusan Mannesmann submitted applications to the Department of Commerce for exemptions from steel tariffs President Trump implemented in March. The applications were open for public comment for 30 days on regulations.gov. Now, Johnson’s and Brebrick’s applications will be reviewed by the Department of Commerce, which […]

Abe's friendly relationship with Trump didn't earn tariff exemptions for Japan

May 10, 2018
Tokyo expected treatment equal to that of the European Union, one expert says.
President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk to their joint press conference at the White House last year.
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