It was in the “national interest” of steel makers to protect themselves, according to International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
As a result of “global disruptions” to energy markets and supply chains, the decision was made.
Energy prices are putting pressure on British steel producers.
In some parts of the UK, steelmaking employs 34,000 people and generates £2 billion in revenue each year.
Steel imports into the UK could rise substantially without controls, harming local manufacturers.
According to UK Steel, ending import controls could cost up to £150 million a year.
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