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    California Expects to Suffer from Trumpís New Steel Tariffs

    California Expects to Suffer from Trumpís New Steel Tariffs
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    by JOEL B. POLLAK
    4 Mar 2018

    California expects to suffer from President Donald Trumpís looming tariffs on aluminum (10%) and steel (25%). Thatís because the state prefers to import steel from Asia and Latin America rather buying it from U.S. factories.

    The Los Angeles Times notes:

    In California, industry leaders and analysts argue that the tariffs would provide no benefits to steel manufacturers on the West Coast ó companies that import steel in the form of slabs and coils, rather than making it from iron ore. They use that to create finished products for a vast array of businesses across the United States. Those companies also worry that the tariffs would drive up the price of domestic steel.
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    On the West Coast, steel manufacturers largely depend on imported steel from Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia. It is cheaper to ship steel over the ocean than by road or rail from eastern U.S. foundries.

    Last year, California imported almost $2 billion in iron and steel, a 6% increase from the previous year. The state imported $2 billion worth of aluminum, a 25% increase from the previous year. About 38% of imported aluminum came from China, according to an analysis by Jock OíConnell, the international trade advisor at Beacon Economics.

    Fontana-based California Steel Industries, the largest steel mill in the western United States, depends almost solely on imported semifinished steel slabs, usually from Mexico, Brazil and Japan.

    Southern California Public Radio notes that Californiaís steel companies are worried about the lack of domestic steel supplies as well as competition from foreign manufacturers of finished steel goods, whose costs will likely be lower.

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    They'll adjust. American companies will expand, foreign makers will relocate here, huge investments will be made, jobs will be created, GDP will grow and wages will rise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newmexican View Post
    California expects to suffer from President Donald Trumpís looming tariffs on aluminum (10%) and steel (25%). Thatís because the state prefers to import steel from Asia and Latin America rather buying it from U.S. factories.
    Gee, isn't that the way most businesses operate? They "prefer" the lowest price. Black market can work best!

    Southern California Public Radio notes that Californiaís steel companies are worried about the lack of domestic steel supplies as well as competition from foreign manufacturers of finished steel goods, whose costs will likely be lower.
    Because they can underpay their employees and pollute like crazy! Man-up and support your country!
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