Australia dodges US tariff blitz

Original article by Jacob Greber
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 : 4-Dec-19

US President Donald Trump has accused Brazil and Argentina of deliberately devaluing their currencies. He has retaliated by removing a tariff exemption on steel and aluminium imports from the two nations. Australian imports will continue to be subject to the tariff exemption; local aluminium producers have significantly cut their shipment to the US since May, when concerns were raised within the Trump administration about a sharp rise in export volumes. Trump has also flagged tariffs on imports from France in response to the nation’s digital services tax.

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UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

Tax cuts key to driving revival: US

Original article by Geoff Chambers
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 10-Oct-19

US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will meet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Canberra on 10 October. Ross says the federal government should look at corporate tax reform in order to increase the nation’s global competitiveness and attract more direct foreign investment. Ross has also cautioned against focusing too much on Australia’s trade relationship with China at the expense of its investment relationship with the US. He has also warned that Australia’s aluminium exports to the US are under scrutiny following a recent trebling of export volumes after the Trump administration agreed to a tariff exemption.

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UNITED STATES. DEPT OF COMMERCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

US extends tariff exemptions

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 : 2-May-18

The US has indicated that an agreement to exempt Australia from tariffs on steel and aluminium will be finalised shortly. President Donald Trump announced an in-principle agreement on 1 May. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the deal reflects the "fair and reciprocal" trade relationship between Australia and the US, and ensures that this relationship will continue in such a manner. He added that the tariff exemptions will support jobs in both countries.

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UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, UNITED STATES. DEPT OF STATE, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL, WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION

Labor, unions urge PM to fight tariffs

Original article by Primrose Riordan, Joe Kelly, Andrew Burrell, Ben Packham, Cameron Stewart
The Australian – Page: 4 : 6-Mar-18

Federal Government ministers have begun lobbying their US counterparts in a bid to exempt local companies from the Trump administration’s new tariff regime for steel and aluminium imports. Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen notes that Australia’s steel and aluminium exports to the US are worth $A240m and $A70m respectively. Daniel Walton, the national secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, has warned of significant job losses in the local steel and aluminium sectors due to the tariff hikes, as well as the potential for the Australian market to be flooded with more low-cost steel from China.

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AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN WORKERS’ UNION-FEDERATION OF INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING EMPLOYEES, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF DEFENCE, UNITED STATES. DEPT OF COMMERCE, RIO TINTO LIMITED – ASX RIO, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL

Fears a Trump tariff will spike dumping

Original article by Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 11-Jul-17

Australian Steel Institute CEO Tony Dixon has welcomed reports that Australian steel and aluminium will be exempt from proposed new US import tariffs. However, Dixon has raised concerns that Australia could face an influx of low-cost imported steel from countries that are barred from the US market under the new tariffs regime. The Opposition has also stressed the need to protect local industries and jobs by ensuring that anti-dumping laws are enforced.

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AUSTRALIAN STEEL INSTITUTE LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, BLUESCOPE STEEL LIMITED – ASX BSL

Australia, Asia ‘still vital’ for US trade

Original article by Michael Owen
The Australian – Page: 2 : 13-Apr-17

The Asia-Pacific region remains "strategically and economically" important to the US, according to the acting ambassador to Australia, James Carouso. He stresses that President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership will not affect the US’s engagement with the region, and the US will continue to pursue bilateral trade deals in Asia. Carouso also notes that two-way trade between Australia and the US has increased significantly since the free trade agreement between the two nations was ratified in 2004.

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UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, ASIA-PACIFIC ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION, BOEING COMPANY, CHEVRON CORPORATION, GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, 3M CORPORATION, CISCO SYSTEMS INCORPORATED, SOUTH AUSTRALIAN HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

TPP dead but free-trade deal still on

Original article by Joe Kelly
The Australian – Page: 5 : 11-Nov-16

Australia’s Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has acknowledged that the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership is unlikely to proceed after Donald Trump won the US presidential election. Kim Beazley, Australia’s former ambassador to Washington, also says Trump’s victory has assured the TPP’s demise, but he stresses the need for Australia to retain strong trade ties, particularly with Asia. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull does not expect the Trump presidency to have any effect on the Australia-US free-trade agreement, which came into effect in 2005.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP, UNITED STATES. EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP, REPUBLICAN PARTY (UNITED STATES)

Casella senses richer picking in premium

Original article by Julie-Anne Sprague
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 30-Sep-14

Australian export success story Casella Family Brands plans to target US consumers with premium wines using the Casella label. The move is aimed at capitalising on growing US interest in more upmarket wines than the company’s highly popular but low-priced Yellow Tail label. John Casella says Australian wine producers need to more actively target on-premise trade in the US, which has tended to be neglected due to a focus on wine retailers

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CASELLA FAMILY BRANDS, CASELLA WINES PTY LTD, YELLOW TAIL WINES