Industry groups applaud US lifting of UK steel and aluminum tariffs

Jerry Konter, president of the National Association of Home Builders, issued the following statement on March 23 after the Biden administration announced it was lifting steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by former President Donald Trump in 2018:

“The Biden administration’s decision to end tariffs on steel and aluminum from the UK is a welcome development and a positive first step that can help reduce construction and housing costs. The administration must now act with the same sense of urgency to negotiate a new agreement with Canada that will eliminate tariffs on softwood lumber shipped to the United States. which has added more than $18,600 to the price of a new home since last August. A failure to act decisively will be a blow to American homebuyers and to housing affordability.

The Association of Window and Door Manufacturers also applauded the decision. Michael O’Brien, President and CEO of WDMA released the following statement:

“WDMA welcomes the Biden administration’s decision to lift tariffs on critical steel and aluminum products from the UK. As the construction and manufacturing industries continue to face the challenges of supply chain and record price volatility, this action by the administration is an important step to help stabilize supply and improve conditions for residential construction. Going forward, the WDMA encourages the administration to also review tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber and Chinese imports subject to Section 301 tariffs.”

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