The Trump administration announced Monday new trade barriers aimed at protecting domestic makers of solar panels and washing machines from a recent surge of cheap imports.
The moves begin what Trump aides say will be a year of tougher trade actions, aimed in particular against China.
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"The president's action makes clear again that the Trump administration will always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses," U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.
Specifically, the administration said it would impose tariffs on washing machines at a rate of up to 50%, with the rates phasing out over the next few years. The tariffs would be combined with quotas.
Tariffs on solar modules would be as high as 30%, and also be phased out over time.
(END) Dow Jones Newswires
January 22, 2018 17:22 ET (22:22 GMT)