April 26, 2018 / 8:57 AM / 10 months ago

Germany sees U.S. trade tariffs coming into force on May 1

A German flag flutters next to the ships at the loading terminal in the port of Hamburg, Germany March 15, 2018. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany expects U.S. tariffs on steel imports to take effect from May 1, when a temporary exemption expires, a senior German official said on Thursday before Chancellor Angela Merkel flies to Washington for talks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

“May 1 is very close now. From today’s point of view, they will probably come,” the official said, adding that Germany still aimed to achieve a long-term delay for the introduction of tariffs.

Reporting by Paul Carrel and Madeline Chambers; Editing by Joseph Nasr

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