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US to apply tariffs to Mexican fabricated steel imports

Department of Commerce determined Canadian exports do not warrant the tariff.

July 9, 2019   by ASSOCIATED PRESS

MEXICO CITY — The US Commerce Department announced July 9 that it has decided to once again apply tariffs on fabricated steel imports from Mexico.

In a statement, the US agency said the decision came after an investigation into government subsidies assisting companies that export fabricated structural steel from Mexico, China and Canada. The agency said it determined Canadian exports do not warrant the tariff, but those from Mexico and China do.

Mexico’s economy ministry said the decision was unrelated to tariffs that the US lifted on Mexican steel and aluminum May 20 or to President Donald Trump’s since rescinded threat to put tariffs on all Mexican exports to the US.

The Commerce Department said the determination is preliminary, but the tariff goes into effect immediately.

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The Chicago-based American Institute of Steel Construction Full Member Subgroup requested the investigation.