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Chile Steel Plant Reopens as Tariffs Imposed on Chinese Imports

Steel workers clash with riot police during a protest against the eventual closure of the Huachipato steel plant located in the city of Talcahuano, Chile, on April 4, 2024. GUILLERMO SALGADO / AFP

Chile’s biggest steel plant has resumed activities after the government imposed a temporary tariff on Chinese imports.

The Huachipato plant, which provides 2,700 direct jobs and some 20,000 indirect ones, announced a month ago it was winding down, unable to compete with Chinese steel that sells for about 40 percent cheaper in the South American country.

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