Category Archives: Trade and Tariffs

US-EU Excess Steel and Aluminum Capacity Negotiations to Begin, EU Retaliatory Tariff Increases Delayed

European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced in a joint statement (below) that the United States and European Union would enter into discussions on global steel and aluminum excess capacity. As part of the agreement, the EU will delay doubling … Continue reading US-EU Excess Steel and Aluminum Capacity Negotiations to Begin, EU Retaliatory Tariff Increases Delayed

301 Tariff COVID-19 Related Exclusions Extended

On March 5, USTR formally extended the last remaining batch of Section 301 tariff exclusions on health-related COVID-19 response products through Sept. 30. Those exclusions had last been extended on December 29, 2020 through March 31 by then-US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. USTR’s tariff notice did not reference any additional tariff extensions, including others that … Continue reading 301 Tariff COVID-19 Related Exclusions Extended

Commerce Secretary Praises Section 232 Tariffs as Biden Administration Outlines Trade Agenda

Reprinted from Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) As S&P Global Platts reported last week, when asked about the Trump administration Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said they had been “effective.” Raimondo also noted, however, that the Biden administration will “review of all of these policies and … Continue reading Commerce Secretary Praises Section 232 Tariffs as Biden Administration Outlines Trade Agenda

US Metal Manufacturers and Users to Secretary Raimondo: Data Show Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Hurt American Companies

The Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users (CAMMU), representing more than 30,000 U.S. manufacturing companies and over one million American workers, released a letter today to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo providing data showing the continuing ineffectiveness of, and damage from, the Trump administration’s Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Secretary … Continue reading US Metal Manufacturers and Users to Secretary Raimondo: Data Show Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Hurt American Companies

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