by Metals Service Center Institute
On June 10, the US Commerce Department launched a new portal through which all Section 232 exclusion requests and objections must be submitted. Starting on June 13, the department began accepting exclusion requests via the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) website instead of on the federal rulemaking portal at regulations.gov.
The move comes as the Trump administration was under pressure by federal lawmakers to improve the exclusion process. In a notice in the Federal Register, the department noted, “While regulations.gov was readily available to quickly implement the exclusions process, the site was not easily adaptable to the 232 submissions process, particularly as it evolved into a multi-step system and required a significant amount of human data entry.”
According to FastmarketsAMM (subscription required), the Commerce Department will accept public comments on the new portal until August 9. The department will continue to use regulations.gov to process all exclusion requests that had already been filed or that were filed no later than June 12, including related submissions that are filed in regulations.gov after June 12, until the underlying exclusions requests receive a final decision.