Talks must continue at pace

United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan, United States Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today announced the start of bilateral discussions to address global steel and aluminium excess capacity, including the United States’ application of tariffs on imports from the United Kingdom under Section 232 and the UK’s retaliatory tariffs on certain U.S. exports to the UK.

Alasdair McDiarmid, Operations Director at the trade union Community, says:

“This is welcome news but the talks must proceed at pace to limit damage to our steel industry. The EU’s deal means they are enjoying a 25% price advantage over UK producers which is unsustainable and threatens jobs. The US is supposed to be our close ally and securing an exemption from these tariffs is well overdue. Government needs to sort this and join the US and EU in discussing measures to protect steelworkers from global steel overcapacity.”

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