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Trump Picks Up Baton From Obama in Crushing China Steel Imports

  • Steel imports from China remain near the lowest since 2011
  • Decline comes amid restrictions, investigations, clamp downs

If there’s one thing Donald Trump and Barack Obama have in common, it’s their ability to crush once-soaring Chinese steel imports.

Imports of the metal from China totaled 52,590 metric tons in October, holding near the lowest level since February 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The volume of combined steel imports in Obama’s last full year in office in 2016 and Trump’s first year in 2017 are on track to be the fewest in a two-year period since 2002-03.