Trump Tariffs on Turkish Steel Draw Constitutional Challenge

Jan. 18, 2019, 3:57 PM

President Donald Trump’s “national security” tariffs on steel from Turkey are unconstitutional, a group of steel importers claim in a new lawsuit at the Court of International Trade.

Medtrade Inc., A.G. Royce Metal Marketing LLC, and Transpacific Steel LLC say the president went beyond his legal authority to restrict the imports in the name of national security, and violated the equal protection rights of importers of Turkish steel.

In March 2018, President Trump imposed 25 percent tariffs on steel imports from most countries. He invoked Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which allows the president to restrict...

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