Stephen Woolcock

What might be behind Trump’s tariffs on steel imports?

Last Thursday President Trump acted to impose 25 per cent tariffs on steel and 10 per cent tariffs on aluminium. This action followed an investigation under Section 232 of the 1962 US Trade Expansion Act by the US Commerce Department of whether imports were endangering US national security. The European Union’s response to this action, and that of other […]

The EU should defend the World Trade Organisation

The decision by the Trump administration to protect the US steel industry is by no means new. The Obama White House followed previous administrations in imposing anti-dumping duties to protect US steel against ‘unfair’ import competition from certain suppliers for certain products. In 2002 the Bush government introduced temporary safeguard measures to protect US steel from all imports of […]