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Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Effective 03/23/18

The President announced today that he concurred with the Commerce Department’s findings in its Section 232 investigations that imports of steel and aluminum impair national security. Pursuant to the recommendations contained in the Commerce Department’s Report, the President ordered a 25 percent ad valorem tariff on steel articles and a 10 percent ad valorem tariff on aluminum articles, as defined below, imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico.  These additional duties will be effective with respect to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on March 23, 2018.

STEEL SCOPE: “Steel articles” are defined at the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 6‑digit level as: 7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90, and 7304.10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.

ALUMINUM SCOPE: “Aluminum articles” are defined in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) as: (a) unwrought aluminum (HTS 7601); (b) aluminum bars, rods, and profiles (HTS 7604); (c) aluminum wire (HTS 7605); (d) aluminum plate, sheet, strip, and foil (flat rolled products) (HTS 7606 and 7607); (e) aluminum tubes and pipes and tube and pipe fitting (HTS 7608 and 7609); and (f) aluminum castings and forgings (HTS 7616.99.51.60 and 7616.99.51.70), including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.

The Presidential Proclamation allows for relief from the additional duties for any steel or aluminum article determined not to be produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality based upon specific national security considerations.  Such relief shall be provided for specific steel or aluminum articles only after a request for exclusion is made by a directly affected party located in the United States.  The Commerce Department will issue procedures for the requests for exclusion 10 days after the date of this Proclamation.

For more information, please contact your local MIQ Logistics representative.