Category Archives: Trade and Tariffs

China Trade Hearing with USTR Lighthizer

by Ryan Ong, Director, International Business Policy National Association of Manufacturers Testifying yesterday morning in a three-hour hearing (see full hearing here) in front of the House Ways & Means Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer answered a wide range of questions about the administration’s approach, and current negotiations, with China.  In his formal remarks, … Continue reading China Trade Hearing with USTR Lighthizer

China: U.S, China Wrap Up Three Days of Negotiations with Positive Tone, Long Road Ahead

From Ryan Ong, Director, International Business Policy, National Association of Manufacturers Top line: Earlier today in Beijing, U.S. and Chinese negotiators wrapped up the first round of in-person negotiations under the 90-day tariff pause agreed to in December by President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Though the two sides did not announce any joint deliverables, both … Continue reading China: U.S, China Wrap Up Three Days of Negotiations with Positive Tone, Long Road Ahead

Congress Takes Aim At Steel And Aluminum Tariffs

By Metals Service Center Institute Despite being preoccupied with the partial government shutdown, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter in December to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer asking that the Trump administration end the Section 232 tariffs on imports from Canada and Mexico. The letter argued, “American farmers, manufacturers, workers, and consumers will … Continue reading Congress Takes Aim At Steel And Aluminum Tariffs

Shutdown Affects 232 Exclusion Requests; Lawmakers Continue To Oppose Penalties For Canada, Mexico

By Metals Service Center Institute The partial US government shutdown is now into its third week and lawmakers and the White House seem to be no closer to a deal to provide appropriations for the unfunded departments. The following departments have ceased most operations: Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, … Continue reading Shutdown Affects 232 Exclusion Requests; Lawmakers Continue To Oppose Penalties For Canada, Mexico

Comments on Section 232 Exclusion Process

In September, the Department of Commerce amended the rules for requesting steel and aluminum exclusions from the Section 232 tariffs.  The “Revisions to Requirements for Submissions of Exclusion Requests and Objections to Submitted Requests for Steel and Aluminum” included changes such as allowing rebuttals to objections by the entities that requested the exclusions, “surrebuttals” to … Continue reading Comments on Section 232 Exclusion Process

Commerce Preliminary Decision to Exclude Tire Cord Rod

By Fred Waite, AWPA Counsel The US Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced its preliminary results in the changed circumstances review regarding the requested exclusion of grade 1078 and higher tire cord quality wire rod from the antidumping (AD) orders on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Korea and the United Kingdom. Based on … Continue reading Commerce Preliminary Decision to Exclude Tire Cord Rod

Section 232 – Lawsuit against DOC regarding Product Exclusion Process

On October 18, 2018, the Cause of Action Institute – a self-professed government watchdog group – filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Commerce (DOC), alleging the agency has ignored the Institute’s effort to learn more about the Trump Administration’s process for considering exclusion requests from the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum … Continue reading Section 232 – Lawsuit against DOC regarding Product Exclusion Process

AD Order on Wire Rod from Mexico – Preliminary Determination in Circumvention Investigation

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced its preliminary determination in the circumvention investigation of the antidumping (AD) order on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Mexico. The DOC has preliminarily determined that imports of carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod with an actual diameter less than 4.75 mm produced and/or … Continue reading AD Order on Wire Rod from Mexico – Preliminary Determination in Circumvention Investigation

CANADA to Impose Worldwide Tariffs, including Stainless Wire and Wire Rod

by Bracewell LLC Despite assurance over the past several months that a successful renegotiation of NAFTA would lead to the end of Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, termination of the tariffs was not part of the new US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) and there is no indication that negotiations are … Continue reading CANADA to Impose Worldwide Tariffs, including Stainless Wire and Wire Rod

US, Canada, Mexico Trade Pact Will Have To Wait Until Next Congress

by Metals Service Center Institute The United States, Canada, and Mexico have reached an agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Lawmakers in the US Congress have acknowledged the deal, called the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement, or USMCA, will not be considered by lawmakers before this current congress adjourns in December. … Continue reading US, Canada, Mexico Trade Pact Will Have To Wait Until Next Congress