U.S. Court Upholds Trump's Steel Import Tariffs

USAgNet - 02/08/2021

The U.S. Court of International Trade upheld former President Trump’s Section 232 tariffs on foreign steel, which have been in place since March 2018.

The three-judge panel ruled against steel importer Universal Steel Products and four other plaintiffs, finding that the 25 percent steel tariffs did not violate the law, according to the National Pork Producers Council.

While the steel and aluminum import tariffs were lifted in 2019 for Canada and Mexico--which led to congressional approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement--the steel import duties remain in place on imports from Europe, China and other countries.

In retaliation, China has implemented 25 percent tariffs on U.S. pork exports into the country. NPPC has been pressing for the retaliatory duties on U.S. pork to be removed.

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