Trump Should Grant Georgia an Exemption from Steel Tariffs

George Tsereteli
Reuters

George Tsereteli

Security, Eurasia

The Trump administration’s 25 percent tariff on steel imports has caused a great deal of collateral damage to one of Washington's strategic partners.

Trump Should Grant Georgia an Exemption from Steel Tariffs

One of the defining features of Donald Trump’s presidency has been his administration’s use of national-security tariffs under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. The controversial tariffs have plenty of detractors, both domestic and international, while supporters justify their legitimacy and effectiveness. However, specifically regarding the 25 percent tariff on steel imports, the tool has caused a great deal of collateral damage. A clear example of this is the country of Georgia, a close security ally of the United States and a drop in the bucket in terms of relative steel exports to the United States. The Trump administration would be wise to grant Georgia a country exemption, or alternatively, replace the tariff with a quota. This would be greatly beneficial to Georgia—a strategic ally of the United States into which Washington has invested considerable time and money—while not threatening U.S. jobs or domestic steel production.

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