Diane Brogdon, a machine operator for eighth years at the Mid Continent Nail Corporation, looks at a set of nails that fit into a nail gun at the company production factory, where customers have stopped placing orders in favor of cheaper imports of nails, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on June 29, 2018. - Mid Continent has idled one of its three production plants, eliminating 60 full time positions as of June 15, 2018. Mid Continent has asked U.S. President Donald Trump for assistance since cheaper imported nails are not covered by the 232 duties and tariffs. Mid Continent is filing exclusion requests for 24 types of wire that they say they must do to say in business.
Diane Brogdon, a machine operator for eighth years at the Mid Continent Nail Corporation, looks at a set of nails that fit into a nail gun at the company production factory, where customers have stopped placing orders in favor of cheaper imports of nails, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on June 29, 2018. - Mid Continent has idled one of its three production plants, eliminating 60 full time positions as of June 15, 2018. Mid Continent has asked U.S. President Donald Trump for assistance since cheaper imported nails are not covered by the 232 duties and tariffs. Mid Continent is filing exclusion requests for 24 types of wire that they say they must do to say in business. - 
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In June of last year, the Trump administration imposed the Section 232 tariffs, 10 percent on imported aluminum and 25 percent on imported steel. Many small businesses applied for exclusions, hoping to avoid the costly tariffs. It's been a slow process for many applicants, made slower by the government shutdown. Todd Adams is president of Sanitube, a manufacturer of steel supplies based in Florida, who's been trying to navigate the exclusion process. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal called him up to see how the the shutdown is impacting his business.

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