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The GM strike marches on

Sep 20, 2019

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My Economy: The personal cost of a year of tariffs

by Marketplace Staff Mar 19, 2019
For Sam Desai, vice president at RM Metals, a year of tariffs on his balance sheet changed his work habits.
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Tariff exemption granted but confusion continues

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman Jul 27, 2018
There’s a lot of tariff talk swirling around these days, but let’s remember what began this trade war: President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs. Since those tariffs were announced in March, companies have filed more than 28,000 requests for…

Can the government offset the costs of its trade fight?

by Andy Uhler Jul 25, 2018
The Department of Agriculture announced a $12 billion aid package on Tuesday for farmers impacted by U.S. trade disputes. The money would go to pork, soybean and dairy farmers among others who have been slapped with retaliatory tariffs in response…
Hank Keizer selects cattle to bring into the milk barn on his farm June 29, 2005 near Delavan, Wisconsin. The $12 billion aid package would go to dairy, soybean and pork farmers.
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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…
Trade showdown

Navigating the objection phase of the tariff exemption process

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman 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…
Trade showdown

Are businesses paying the price for Trump's negotiating strategy?

by Kai Ryssdal Jun 21, 2018
That’s what Kansas Senator Pat Roberts said to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross at Wednesday’s Finance Committee hearing. He also asked if Ross would personally call one of his constituents, Mike Bergmeier, who works at a company that makes agricultural…

Filing for a tariff exemption? You probably need a lawyer

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman 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…

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Trade showdown

As the steel tariff exemption process drags on, optimism wanes

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman 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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Trade showdown

Who's asking for exemptions from Trump's tariffs?

by Kai Ryssdal and Phoebe Unterman Apr 25, 2018
We took a look at requests submitted to the Department of Commerce.
Workers stand in line next to a container ship at a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province earlier this month.
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EU is unhappy with U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs

by Tracey Samuelson Apr 24, 2018
When the United States imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports last month, the European Union and a handful of other key allies got a temporarily exemption that expires next week. China was not granted an exemption and took its…