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© Bloomberg. A worker stands on bundles of aluminum ingots at a China National Materials Storage and Transportation Corp. stockyard in Wuxi, China, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. The U.S. and China imposed fresh tariffs on each other's goods in the middle of trade talks aimed at averting the worsening conflict between the world's two biggest economies. © Bloomberg. A worker stands on bundles of aluminum ingots at a China National Materials Storage and Transportation Corp. stockyard in Wuxi, China, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. The U.S. and China imposed fresh tariffs on each other's goods in the middle of trade talks aimed at averting the worsening conflict between the world's two biggest economies.

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump took a victory lap on Twitter Friday, saying aluminum prices are down about 12 percent since his tariffs were implemented.

While Trump’s figure is mostly accurate, as far as the price of the metal trade on the London Metal Exchange is concerned, the President failed to point out that the impact of tariffs were reflected mostly in added cost U.S. buyers pay to have the metal delivered. Those premiums soared 26 percent since he announced the levies on shipments on March 1, 2018, muting the impact of lower global prices.

The price of the metal traded in London has tumbled 12.8 percent amid mounting concerns that a persistent trade war between the U.S. and China may slow global growth, crimping demand for industrial metals including aluminum.

Trump also cited the jobs he created. While Century Aluminum Co. added 205 jobs last year, for a total of 2,069, that’s not enough to make up for the 600 jobs lost at Alcoa (NYSE:AA) Corp., the largest U.S. aluminum producer.


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