Category Archives: Trade and Tariffs

Administrative Review of AD Order on Carbon and Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Mexico (2018/2019) – Preliminary Results

From Fred Waite and Kim Young, AWPA Counsel Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) published its preliminary results in the administrative review of the antidumping (AD) order on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Mexico. The review originally covered five Mexican producers/exporters during the period from October 1, 2018 through September 30, … Continue reading Administrative Review of AD Order on Carbon and Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Mexico (2018/2019) – Preliminary Results

American Metal Manufacturers and Users Call on President Biden to Terminate Section 232 Tariffs

The Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users (CAMMU)  released a letter today sent to President Joe Biden requesting the immediate termination of the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports enacted under the Trump administration.  Imposed almost three years ago, the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs have damaged US consuming industries that … Continue reading American Metal Manufacturers and Users Call on President Biden to Terminate Section 232 Tariffs

Changes to 232 Exclusion Process, and Generally Approved Exclusionss

On December 14, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the US Department of Commerce published an interim final rule (“Interim Final Rule”) which makes changes to the process for seeking exclusions from tariffs imposed on steel (and aluminum) imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The Interim Final … Continue reading Changes to 232 Exclusion Process, and Generally Approved Exclusionss

New Executive Order on Buy American

From Fred Waite and Kim Young, AWPA Counsel President Biden issued an Executive Order, which will tighten restrictions on the Federal Government’s purchases by increasing domestic content requirements for contracts and requiring agencies to close loopholes for determining country of origin. The order also sets a 180-day deadline for the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council … Continue reading New Executive Order on Buy American

Third Sunset Review of AD and CVD Orders on Steel Wire Rod

Today, the US Department of Commerce (DOC) announced that the antidumping (AD) orders on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, and Trinidad & Tobago and the countervailing duty (CVD) order on wire rod from Brazil will be continued for a further period of five years. There was one vote … Continue reading Third Sunset Review of AD and CVD Orders on Steel Wire Rod

After Threatening Tariffs, US President Places Caps On Brazilian Steel Imports

From MSCI: As Yahoo Finance reported, in a proclamation released late in the evening on Friday, August 28, President Donald Trump reduced the amount of steel that the United States can import from Brazil. The president said the US Secretary of Commerce had advised him “that there have been significant changes in the United States steel market … Continue reading After Threatening Tariffs, US President Places Caps On Brazilian Steel Imports

Ambassador Lighthizer Testifies On US Trade Policy

From MSCI, Connecting the Dots On June 17, 2020, US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer testified before the US House Ways and Means Committee and the US Senate Finance Committee on the Trump administration’s trade agenda. The discussion with lawmakers included remarks on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and trade … Continue reading Ambassador Lighthizer Testifies On US Trade Policy

Supreme Court Denies AIIS Appeal

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court ruled that it will not consider the appeal by the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS), Kurt Orban Partners, and Sim-Tex which challenged the constitutionality of the Section 232 statute.  Previously, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed the decision of the U.S. Court of International Trade … Continue reading Supreme Court Denies AIIS Appeal

301 Tariffs: Notice of Additional Product Exclusions

Friday, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice of several additional product exclusions from List 4A of the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China. The USTR notice is here: https://www.awpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Section-301-on-China-List-4A-New-Exclusions-12-June-2020.pdf There is one steel product on the list – Round wire of nonalloy steel, hot-dipped galvanized with zinc, containing by … Continue reading 301 Tariffs: Notice of Additional Product Exclusions