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Columbia River ports worry over Trump’s possible steel tariffs, impacts on other cargo

From the Daily News:

At least 870 jobs are directly tied to steel imports at the Ports of Kalama and Vancouver, so when President Trump starts talking about slapping tariffs on steel, Southwest Washington ports get understandably uneasy.

While the Trump administration delayed any decision on steel tariffs for several months, local ports and companies […]


Ore drops to record low in Asia, shipping index plunges

Iron ore contracts in Asia slumped to records amid speculation that mills in China are reining in steel production as they battle losses, slumping prices and tighter credit, hurting demand for the raw material that’s mainly shipped from Australia and Brazil.

“Steelmakers are going through a very difficult time and a number of them have […]


Bulk steel exports from Seattle rise

Longshoremen secured the billets in the hold of a breakbulk ship at the Port of Seattle. Photo by Matt Ventoza of ILWU Local 19.

Nearly 40 longshore workers were loading heavy steel rods for export onto a ship at Seattle’s Terminal 105 this week, a welcome boost to the region’s export economy.

While Nucor […]