Category Archives: Trade Cases

Need to Watch your Product Exclusion for Rebuttals?

Exclusion requesters will have seven days from the opening of the rebuttal period to submit rebuttals. Objectors to exclusion requests will then have a seven-day surrebuttal period to post responses, which will be opened once rebuttals are posted by the Department and the case file is reopened. To further assist industry moving through the process, … Continue reading Need to Watch your Product Exclusion for Rebuttals?

EXCLUSION GRANTED – How to Request a Refund of Tariffs Paid

This is an involved process which will require the expertise of your Customs Broker! To request an administrative refund for previous imports of excluded products granted by the US Department of Commerce (Commerce), importers may file a post summary correction (PSC) and provide the product exclusion number in the Importer Additional Declaration Field. Once products … Continue reading EXCLUSION GRANTED – How to Request a Refund of Tariffs Paid

Section 232 Product Exclusion Requests – By The Numbers

The AWPA has been tracking Section 232 Product Exclusion Requests, Objections and Decisions in the Bar, Rod and Wire sector.  These include products of Carbon, Alloy and Stainless material. By the Numbers 12,215 Product Exclusion Requests were posted, as of September 4, 2018 1597 Objections to Product Exclusion Requests were posted, as of September 4 … Continue reading Section 232 Product Exclusion Requests – By The Numbers

Tire Cord Wire Rod Exclusion Request for Korea and United Kingdom

The domestic wire rod industry has submitted a request to the US Department of Commerce (Commerce) to exclude 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.  One other country which also supplies this product to … Continue reading Tire Cord Wire Rod Exclusion Request for Korea and United Kingdom

Trump Imposes More Tariffs on China – List 3

Yesterday evening, the President formally announced tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports starting one week from today on September 24.  The final version of List 3 retained the vast majority of tariff lines on the original proposed list, including 5,745 of the original 6,031 lines.  The US Trade Representative (USTR) removed just under … Continue reading Trump Imposes More Tariffs on China – List 3

Section 301 Tariffs from the US and Retaliation by China Set for Friday, July 6

As a result of the finding that Chinese Intellectual Property practices are ‘Unreasonable or Discriminatory and Burden or Restrict US Commerce’, the Trump Administration is set to impose 25% tariffs on $34 billion in imports from China (List 1).  There is a threat of an additional $16 billion to be imposed at a future date … Continue reading Section 301 Tariffs from the US and Retaliation by China Set for Friday, July 6

Section 232 Retaliations Hit the United States

With the addition of Canada, Mexico and the European Union (EU) countries to Trump’s Section 232 Steel Tariffs of 25%, these trading partners are finalizing and imposing retaliatory tariffs on US exports.  A full list of retaliations is being tracked by the National Association of Manufacturers. These rod and wire items will face 25% tariffs … Continue reading Section 232 Retaliations Hit the United States

Job Losses To Increase as a Result of New Tariffs on Allied Countries

Economist Laura Baughman of the Trade Partnership has issued an Updated Policy Brief on the estimated impacts of the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs.  This includes almost 13,000 job losses in the category of Fabricated Metal Products. This version, dated June 5, does two things: (1)           It reflects the current state of play of the … Continue reading Job Losses To Increase as a Result of New Tariffs on Allied Countries

US Trading Partners Respond to Section 232 Tariff Actions

From the Law Firm of White and Case

On May 31, 2018 the Trump administration announced that it will no longer exempt steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union (EU) from the tariffs the United States imposed on such products earlier this year, pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

The Trump administration’s Section 232 decision elicited an instant response from these close US allies and trading partners.  The precise nature of the Canadian, Mexican and European responses vary, but all involve retaliation against American exports in the form of new tariffs.  The retaliation joins similar action (or threats of action) by other US trading partners that had not been exempt from the Section 232 tariffs.  All current retaliatory measures are summarized in the following chart, which is based on official World Trade Organization (WTO) filings, government statements and published reports.

Most of these tariffs have not yet been implemented and will not immediately take effect due to both domestic legal procedures and applicable WTO rules.  Nevertheless, if each of the aforementioned eight WTO Members carries out its current retaliation threats against the United States, the total annual value of affected US exports and tariffs would reach approximately $39.4 billion and 6.8 billion, respectively.  It also remains to be seen whether other WTO Members join this group, thus further affecting US export interests and the global trading system.

Country Tariff Rates Products Targeted Annual US Export Value (Millions USD) Annual Tariff Value (Millions USD) Effective Date Source
China 15% -25% See Notification $2,750.00 $611.45 In effect as of 2-Apr-18 WTO Article 12.5 Notification
EU (Annex 1) 25% See Notification $3,200.00 $700.00 20-Jun-18 WTO Article 12.5 Notification

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EU (Annex 2) 10% -50% See Notification $3,800.00 $800.00 23-Mar-21 WTO Article 12.5 Notification

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India 5% -100% See Notification $10,006.00 $800.10 21-Jun-18 WTO Article 12.5 Notification
Japan N/A N/A $1,910.51 $439.94 18-Jun-18 WTO Article 12.5 Notification
Turkey 5% -40% See Notification $1,784.74 $266.54 21-Jun-18 WTO Article 12.5 Notification
Russia N/A N/A $3,158.10 $537.60 18-Jun-18 WTO Article 12.5 Notification
Canada 10% -25% See Notice $12,789.35 $1,966.32* 1-Jul-18 Official Notice of Intent
Mexico N/A See Official Announcement N/A $646.12* N/A Official Announcement
TOTAL $39,398.70 $6,768.07  

*Estimate based on the government’s stated intention to implement tariffs equal to the Section 232 tariffs imposed by the United States, i.e., 25% and 10% tariffs on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum, respectively, from the country at issue in 2017.

 

Section 232 Quotas for Korean Steel Imports

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued a quota bulletin that sets out the sub-quotas for imports of steel products from South Korea under Section 232. The bulletin indicates the annual sub-quotas by steel product category and provides the “quota entry codes” (6-digit numbers that begin with “99”) to be used for entering quota merchandise … Continue reading Section 232 Quotas for Korean Steel Imports