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US tariff on steel import may indirectly affect India: Minister

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Union Chaudhary today said the 25 per cent imposed by the US on import can 'indirectly' affect the domestic sector.

US has imposed a 25 per cent import on and 10 per cent on aluminium.

Singh had earlier said the US' levy of heavy tariffs on imported steel and aluminium would not have any major impact on in as to US was only 3.3 per cent of total exports.

However, today speaking at a conference here, he said: "The US decision to impose 25 per cent on will have negligible direct impact (on India's export) as India's share of US is very small as compared to other countries but there might be an indirect impact".

The said may be exporting very less amount of steel to the US but other countries export in huge quantity to that country and with high tariffs in place they may start looking for new steel consuming markets like to export their produce.

"The countries which are exporting to the US will be forced to look at other major steel consuming markets like India to sell their surplus (produce) and (can) slightly distort our domestic market considerably due to dumping," he said.

N A Ansari, Steel Business, Jindal Steel and (JSPL), who also attended the conference on steel and trade, said: "In the global steel business about 300 MT (million tonne) is what is traded between the countries... and due to this US tariff move, at least some 85 MT of steel might find its way to India. We need to be very careful at this point of time".

The has already acknowledged that the government is aware of the situation and the is working with several other ministries and the government will not hesitate taking action when required to save the local industry, Ansari pointed out.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 18:30 IST