The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations.
The pending decision will determine if the other countries, which include some of the biggest US trading partners on metals products, will remain exempt, face tariffs or face product quotas limiting the amount of exports to the U.S. Security relationships with the US have also been part of the criteria. The EU insists on a permanent exemption, but the United States pushes its allies for concessions similar to South Korea's.
China, Japan and Russian Federation haven't received exemptions from the duties. The department believes it is likely to displace SA products out of the USA market in favour of the exempted countries.
China has retaliated with tariffs of its own on USA food imports. Countries in Europe have promised retaliation if the tariffs are enforced and said they would tax goods imported from the US including motorcycles, orange juice, and blue jeans. The move would reduce European exports by 16.3 percent.
"The US decision prolongs market uncertainty, which is already affecting business decisions".
The decision to extend that deadline was welcomed by many of America's trading partners, but they continued to push for permanent exemptions.
European leaders have resisted the idea of a quota.
"You know Mr. Trump likes to make that bold statement, and then I think he anchors there and then sets the stage for discussion", said Todd A. Werpy, senior vice president and chief technology officer for ADM, speaking at a Decatur event to celebrate the company's progress with DowDupont on developing a new kind of plastic derived from corn. China shot back with threats of $50 billion in retaliatory tariffs on USA imports.
"Last night's decision is certainly a step forward", Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on Tuesday, adding: "Canada will continue to work for a full and permanent exemption". The association said there was a risk emerging for Europe from a potential redirection of aluminum from third countries targeted by the tariffs. "The EU should be fully and permanently exempted from these measures, as they can not be justified on the grounds of national security", the EC said.
Last year, Korea was the third-largest exporter of steel to the United States.
"Delegation heading to China to begin talks on the Massive Trade Deficit that has been created with our Country", he wrote in a tweet on Tuesday morning. If hit with the hefty taxes, the European Union plans on implementing up to $3.5 billion in retaliatory tariffs.
Larry Kudlow, the president's chief economic advisor, will also participate in talks.
"We must come to terms with the fact that the United States are no longer a reliable partner".