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It was yet another busy year in the world of steel news.
The main pillar of that news was the Trump administration’s imposition of a 25% tariff on imported steel.
That saga, of course, is ongoing.
A select few countries have won exemptions of some form from the tariffs (whether with or without a quota) — those being South Korea, Australia, Argentina and Brazil.
However, trading partners like Canada, Mexico and the European Union continue to push for exemptions of their own (after their temporary exemptions expired mid-year). Those efforts continue, even after the U.S., Mexico and Canada recently signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the successor to NAFTA, during the Group of 20 summit in Argentina.
As you’ll note, many of these stories also appeared in the recently published top 10 most-viewed posts of the year.
Given the events that transpired in 2018, there will be plenty more steel coverage to come in 2019.