Some countries 'may be exempted from US tariffs'

Some countries 'may be exempted from US tariffs'

Some countries may be exempted from US tariffs

Canada and Mexico, and possibly other countries, may be exempted from planned U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum on the basis of national security, the White House said on March 7.

“We expect that the president will sign something by the end of the week and there are potential carve-outs for Mexico and Canada based on national security, and possibly other countries as well based on that process,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a regular media briefing.

Trump is expected to sign a presidential proclamation establishing the tariffs during a ceremony scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) on March 8, a source familiar with the situation said.

A senior U.S. official said the measures would take effect about two weeks after Trump signs the proclamation.

The tariffs would impose a duty of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum to counter cheap imports, especially from China, that he says undermine U.S. industry and jobs.