US agrees with UK to remove tariffs on steel and aluminum imports

United States announced on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with the United Kingdom to remove tariffs on imports from steel and aluminum imposed under the administration of former President Donald Trump, who cited national security concerns.

“By allowing duty-free flow of steel and aluminum from the UK, we further ease the gap between supply and demand for these products in the United States,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a statement.

“And by removing the retaliatory tariffs imposed by the UK, we reopen the British market for beloved American products,” he added.

The announcement followed a visit to the United States by British International Trade Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

Both countries had announced in January the start of negotiations to put an end to this dispute inherited from the era Trump and that it polluted their relationships.

The United Kingdom was one of the many countries to which United States imposed, in June 2018, additional tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum, in the midst of a trade war.

The Biden administration had already reached agreements with the European Union in October and with Japan in early February.

Specifically, the agreement between Washington and London will allow the import of “historic and sustainable volumes of British steel and aluminum products without the application of section 232 tariffs,” US officials detailed.


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