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SA to continue lobbying US for exemption on steel, aluminium tariffs

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane briefs media in Johannesburg, 6 November 2017. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane briefs media in Johannesburg, 6 November 2017. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

South Africa applied for a tariffs exemption, but was turned down by the US government.

South Africa will continue talks with the United States in a bid to get concessions on import tariffs on aluminium and steel, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said on Thursday.

Briefing journalists on the outcomes of Wednesday’s fortnightly Cabinet meeting, Mokonyane said government was disappointed at the US decision to not exempt the country from the 10-percent tariffs on import of aluminium and 25 percent on steel imports.

“The South African government will continue to engage with the US authorities to find a mutually acceptable outcome,” she said.

“Cabinet also encourages domestic exporters to continue to lobby US buyers to apply for product exemptions, as South African companies export niche products and semi-processed products for further processing in the US.”

In March, US President Donald Trump announced the tariffs to protect producers in America. South Africa applied for an exemption, but was turned down.
 

– African News Agency (ANA)
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