But the White House confirmed to CNN last week that the administration is weighing tariffs on at least $30 billion worth of other imports from China.
That's the case US retailers are trying to make in their collective effort to urge President Trump against imposing sweeping tariffs on imports from China-a move they say will serve to increase consumer prices. The president addressed the ongoing opioid crisis which has had a devastating impact on cities and counties across the nation.
The package could be applied to more than 100 products, which Trump argues were developed by using trade secrets the Chinese stole from US companies or forced them to hand over in exchange for access to its massive market.
US President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation during a White House ceremony to establish tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum at the White House in Washington March 8, 2018.
President Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs may cause significant harm to agriculture, Missouri's largest industry. -China relations was at the center of his presidential campaign, according to the administration officials who demanded anonymity to discuss the president's plans. The agency will consider information about product supply in other countries to determine whether national security considerations warrant a tariff exemption, it said.
The US Trade Representative's office didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.
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In any case, if the measure is eventually implemented, the changes will have an immediate impact on the price of steel and aluminum in the USA, benefiting national producers, but harming the rest of the industry which depends on such materials to manufacture aircrafts, cars, and even cell phones and household appliances. The states of leading congressional Republicans would also face these custom duties. Under section 301, the President has unilateral and discretionary action to retaliate against China.
Trump was determined to follow through on tariffs on China, with criticism of U.S. The two percent sell off in US equity markets in response to the steel tariffs illustrates why the financial community also realizes that this is bad for the USA economy.
Economists said it would be hard for Trump to target Chinese companies because products imported from China are made by multinational companies with supply chains that stretch around the world. In 2017 alone, US footwear companies and USA consumers paid almost $3 billion in these hidden taxes.
The European Union, in response to the metals tariffs, has targeted a slate of US products from rice and orange juice, to makeup and motorcycles. Many business leaders say they will believe China's promises to open its markets further only when they see it happen.
Beyond the trade imbalance, the Trump administration hasn't fully explained to the public which specific steps it wants China to take, creating a degree of uncertainty.
According to 2015 Census data, steel mills employed about 140,000 Americans and added about $36 billion to the economy that year, but steel-consuming industries employed more than 6.5 million Americans and added $1 trillion to the economy.