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Trump again raises Turkey's steel import tariff to 50%

Pittsburgh — US President Donald Trump on Monday said he will double the Section 232 tariffs on Turkish steel from 25% to 50% as a result of the country's military actions in Northeast Syria.

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In a statement posted to Twitter Monday afternoon, Trump said he would soon be issuing an executive order increasing the steel tariffs and authorizing the imposition of sanctions against Turkey.

Trump previously raised Turkey's steel tariff rate from 25% to 50% in August 2018 due to the devaluation of the Turkish lira and increased political tension between the countries due to the detention of US Pastor Brunson. Turkey's tariff rate on steel was later dropped back to 25% in May 2019.

Under Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, the president is able to adjust the tariff level set for any country at any time they see fit.

-- Justine Coyne, justine.coyne@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Tom Balcerek, newsdesk@spglobal.com