steel and aluminum imports 232 tariffs

Update: On May 31, the President Trump announced that it would end Section 232 tariff exemptions on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Effective June 1, steel and aluminum imports from these countries would be subject to a 25 percent and 10 percent tariff, respectively. U.S. trading partners have reacted strongly and retaliated with their own list of tariffs on U.S. exports. See below for official notices of retaliatory actions.
On March 8, 2018, President Trump announced in a presidential proclamation to impose a 25 percent tariff on imports of steel and a 10 percent tariff on imports of aluminum.

Temporary exemptions, originally expired May 1, were extended one more month to: Canada, Mexico, and members of the EU. As of May 4, agreements "in principle" were made with Australia, Argentina and Brazil. South Korea re-negotiated KORUS for exemption from tariffs in exchange for market access to US automakers and steel quota.

Customs and Border Protection began collecting the tariffs on March 23, 2018.

The President's decision are the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce as part of Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 which ensures that industries and products critical to national security are not seriously damaged or destroyed by imports. The report can be found here.

On March 12, 2018, the Auto Care Association sent a letter to the administration expressing concern that the Section 232 tariffs will have unintended negative consequences on the U.S. economy and the auto care industry.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Submitting Exclusion Requests and Objections

On March 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce published an interim final rule in the Federal Register notice detailing the process for how parties may submit requests or objections for product exclusions related to the Section 232 tariff imposed on steel and aluminum imports.

The exclusion process covers steel and aluminum products “determined not to be produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality or based upon specific national security considerations.”

The U.S. Department of Commerce has set up the following information pages with details on the exclusion and objection process:Submission: All exclusions requests and objections must be filed on under steel docket (BIS-2018-0006) or aluminum docket (BIS-2018-0002). Additional details and the request form can be found on the information pages linked above and in the interim final rule notice. Only individuals and organizations operating in the U.S. that use steel or aluminum products in business activities may submit requests.

Timeline: There is no deadline for submitting exclusion requests. After submission, U.S. parties will have 30 days to file objections. The agency will have 60 days to complete the review, so the total estimated processing time is 90 days.

Product-Specific Exclusions: A separate exclusion request must be submitted for each distinct type and dimension of steel or aluminum product to be imported.

Company-Specific Exclusions: Approved exclusions are company-specific and approved only for the product imported by the individual or organization making the request. A company may request an exclusion for a product that was denied to another company. A company may also be denied an exclusion for a product that was granted an exclusion to another company.

Please contact Angela Chiang if you have any questions regarding the steel and aluminum tariff exclusion and objection process.

Retaliatory Actions

Country (Official Notice)
Date of Retaliation Type of Retaliation Annual U.S. Export Value Impacted
Canada ( Official Notice)
July 1, 2018 10-25 percent tariffs Up to $12.8 billion (C$16.6 billion)
China ( Official Notice)
15-25 percent tariffs $2.75 billion
European Union
( Official Notice)
June 20, 2018
(initial list)
10-50 percent tariffs $3.2 billion
(intial list)
India ( Official Notice)
June 21, 2018 5-100 percent tariffs $10.6 billion
Japan ( Official Notice)
Up to $1.91 billion
( Official Notice
Retaliation List)
July 5, 2018 7-25 percent tariffs up to $2.5 billion
Russia ( Official Notice)
Up to $3.16 billion
Turkey ( Official Notice)
June 21, 2018 5-40 percent tariffs $1.78 billion
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