United States trading partners, businesses predict tariffs will backfire

United States trading partners, businesses predict tariffs will backfire

He said other countries could be spared the tariffs if they can convince the US government that their steel and aluminum exports don't threaten American industry. The same firm looked at Trump's proposal and concluded: "More than five jobs would be lost for every one gained".

The U.S. imported more than $505 billion worth of goods from China previous year while sending more than $130 billion in the other direction, according to the Census Bureau. "While we are grateful that our trading partners, Canada and Mexico, are now exempt, it is our view that these tariffs will quickly become a tax on the fix and maintenance of vehicles, a tax that will ultimately be paid for in higher fix prices by the American auto owner". That's set off a race for US allies to plead for special treatment, while China has warned of "strong" measures to protect its interests. But Trump said that his country is willing to negotiate with countries that share security concerns with the USA on a possible exemption before the duty implementation, so there is a possibility that exemptions could be given to more countries, including Korea. Barclays Plc has estimated as much as a 0.2 percentage point impact.

The Commission refuses to negotiate over the issue, believing that Trump's tariffs are an attack on global trade rules and principles. Why should the economic well-being of a few come at the expense of the many?

"These tariffs are a really bad idea", said James Smith, chief economist at Parsec Financial Management Inc.in Asheville, North Carolina. A lot of others use aluminum. Flipping through its history book, Vertical notes that during the time of the 2002 tariffs, U.S. Steel stock actually achieved its highest valuation (expressed in terms of enterprise value-to-earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, or EV/EBITDA) in the quarter before the tariffs were set in place.

The bloc says that it's a close ally of the US and therefore any import levies on national security grounds are unjustified. Some countries subsidize their steel producers and allow them to sell steel at unfairly low prices.


The U.S. tariff for cars, at 2.5 percent, was lower than the European Union rate of 10 percent, but its rate of up to 25 percent on trucks was higher. The European Union has threatened targeted retaliation on iconic USA brands, including Harley-Davidson Inc. motorcycles, Levi Strauss & Co. jeans and bourbon whiskey, if the bloc fails to win an exemption. "But we are not afraid, we will stand up to the bullies", she said.

So far, though, Trump has shown more interest in trade war for its own sake than in actually helping United States companies compete.

A full-blown trade war could cost the global economy $470 billion, an analysis by Bloomberg Economics found. On Monday, he tweeted that Ross would be speaking with European Union representatives about eliminating "large tariffs and barriers". To put that into perspective, that's about $470 billion - roughly the size of Thailand's output.

That would have negative consequences for American consumers and producers alike, as well as for the USA economy. Yet most trade spats end up without that kind of damage, and most in the survey were hopeful. The latest brinkmanship follows new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that are straining a trans-Atlantic relationship already tested by disputes from climate change to Middle East policy. Half the average weighted tariffs imposed by China, one third those imposed by Mexico, and one quarter what India imposes.

The U.S. a year ago rejected three major Chinese acquisitions of U.S. technology companies, including a semiconductor maker, an Internet services provider and in-flight entertainment company, and a mobile ad developer.

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