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Sharp tariffs and heated words — a blow-by-blow look at global trade in 2018 

Surrounded by steel and aluminum workers, U.S. President Donald Trump (C) signs a 'Section 232 Proclamation' on steel imports during a ceremony in Roosevelt Room the the White House March 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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Global trade has seen a significant change in direction since the start of 2018.

The United States’ decision to impose tariffs, including on its allies, without consulting international institutions has resulted in retaliatory levies and an ongoing war of words.

CNBC takes a look at the key events affecting global trade since January.

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Surrounded by steel and aluminum workers, U.S. President Donald Trump (C) signs a 'Section 232 Proclamation' on steel imports during a ceremony in Roosevelt Room the the White House March 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Getty Images