3 March 2022
Andrew Bridgen asks about negotiations with the US on steel tariffs

Andrew Bridgen asks the Secretary of State for International Trade for a progress update on discussions with the US on the application of section 232 tariffs on imports of steel from the United Kingdom. 

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

Expanding on that question, could my right hon. Friend explain what progress she is making on resolving the section 232 tariff issues regarding exporting steel to the United States?

Anne-Marie Trevelyan (The Secretary of State for International Trade)

In 2018, the US imposed section 232 tariffs on global imports of steel and aluminium—a defensive reaction at the time to overcapacity in the global steel market and for its own national security purposes. I was able to get the negotiations back on track. My counterpart Secretary Raimondo and I started negotiations to resolve this issue in mid-January. The negotiations are proceeding at pace. Our officials are working flat out to clear through some of the issues, and we hope very much to be able to bring good announcements here in due course.