The Big Picture

Global trade war: Impact on metals

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump announced tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from most countries in March 2018, the biggest volley in the opening shots of Trump’s trade wars. Many countries enacted retaliatory tariffs on a wide array of U.S. goods, and together the tariffs have disrupted exports, imports and consumption globally. Reuters has been ahead throughout – from the earliest tariff talk to measuring the impact on metals trade flows, manufacturers, consumers and the global economy.