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U.S. tariffs imposed on aluminum and steel imports, update

U.S. tariffs imposed on aluminum and steel imports

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Commerce Department today released for publication in the Federal Register a notice and request for comments on the appropriateness of factors considered, and the efficiency and transparency of the process employed, in rendering decisions on requests for exclusions from the tariffs and quotas imposed on imports of steel and aluminum articles.

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The request for comments relates to imports of aluminum and steel articles pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

Comments are requested by a date that is 45 days after the BIS notice is published in the Federal Register (scheduled for May 26, 2020). Read the notice [PDF 628 KB]

Beginning in 2018, presidential proclamations imposed a 10% ad valorem tariff on imports of aluminum articles and a 25% ad valorem tariff on imports of steel articles from most countries. Subsequently, quotas on imports of steel and aluminum were imposed on imports from Argentina, and on imports of steel from Brazil and South Korea.

According to today’s notice, as of March 23, 2020, BIS has received 179,128 exclusion requests, with 157,983 for steel and 21,145 for aluminum, of which:

  • 34,970 were rejected
  • 33,297 received objections

BIS has posted 114,009 decisions:

  • 78,569 exclusions being granted
  • 25,440 exclusion requests being denied


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Principal and Global Export and Sanctions Leader
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Luis (Lou) Abad
Principal, Washington National Tax
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Principal
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Principal
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