India: Steel minister says tariff negotiations with US under way

Posted on 17 September 2018
 

Source: PTI

Steel minister Chaudhary Birender Singh on Friday said negotiations are under way with the US over the 25% tariff it had imposed on steel imports.

US President Donald Trump had earlier imposed a 25% import tariff on steel and 10% on aluminium.

However, the minister said there would not be any immediate impact on domestic steel exports as India sends a marginal amount of its shipments to the US. “Negotiations are still on (with the US). There may some a sort of understanding… and the other side is that we are to go for certain steps to be taken to safeguard our interest,” he said at Assocham India Steel Summit – Enhancing Competitiveness & Overcoming Challenges.

Singh had earlier said that the 25% tariff imposed by the US on steel imports can ‘indirectly’ affect the local industry.

“The US decision to impose 25% tariff on steel imports will have a negligible direct impact as India’s share of US Steel imports is very small as compared to other countries, but there might be an indirect impact,” he had said. 



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