Governor Walker believes steel tariff issue will get resolved
Governor Bill Walker on Monday said he doesn't feel steel tariffs will have a big effect on Alaska or the oil industry.
"All the pipe for the pipeline came from Japan," Gov. Walker said. "I helped unload it off a ship in Valdez and I saw Nippon steel thousands of times."
Gov. Walker says steel could come from a different country if the tariff issue is not resolved.
"I do believe it will be resolved, I really do," Gov. Walker said. "Both sides want to resolve this issue, so I feel it will get done. In the interim, there are going to be some challenges."
Last week, Walker spoke with the USDA about the $12 million set aside for the agricultural community. In the discussions, Walker asked if fish would qualify for some of the funding.
"The answer was yes it would," Gov. Walker said. "So, we looked at it from the fisheries and seafood industry. Our largest market is China for seafood. We'll have to look not only at steel but seafood as well. We hope this steel tariff is a short-term interruption-- if any at all."
Under President Trump's steel tariff, steel made in another country and shipped to the United States will be subject to a 25 percent tax. And, imported aluminum will be hit with a 10 percent tax at the U.S. border. The goal is to have U.S. companies buy steel and aluminum from U.S. steel and aluminum producers so the homegrown metal industry gets stronger.
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