Alcoa Requesting Exemption From Pres. Trump's Aluminum Tariffs

WFIE TV contributed to this report / PHOTO: WFIE

BOONVILLE -- A local company is asking the U.S. government for an exemption from the president’s 10% tariff on imported aluminum.

WFIE-TV reports Alcoa in Warrick County is asking for the exclusion for aluminum slabs imported from Canada.

Alcoa is the largest manufacturer of aluminum in the United States and officials say they must import those Canadian slabs to meet the company’s demand for their products.

An Alcoa spokesperson says even if all smelting operations were back on line nation-wide, they would still likely have to import the majority of its aluminum.

That spokesman says the tariffs should be removed from Canada and other fair-trading partners.