The Commerce Department (Commerce) released its Interim Final Rule (IFR) for submission of exclusion requests and objections in connection with the Section 232 Steel and Aluminum tariffs. The IFR was officially published in the Federal Register on September 11 and it went into effect that day. The most significant change is that Commerce now allows … Continue reading Product Exclusion Request Process Now Includes Rebuttal
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
Independent economists Dr. Joseph Francois and Laura M. Baughman of the Trade Partnership Worldwide, LLC have issued a Policy Brief which estimates the impact on the US economy of the tariffs and retaliation by trading partners. The brief includes state-by-state job losses in every state. Some highlights include: The tariffs and retaliation would increase US … Continue reading Economic Firm Issues “Estimated Impacts of Tariffs on Steel & Aluminum”
The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in sunny Clearwater Beach, Florida this February. We will be bringing together experts on the political environment; the latest information on trade and tariff issues affecting the industry; and providing a current perspective on the economy. In addition, we’ll be discussing strategies to address manufacturing workforce needs. On … Continue reading Registration is Now Open for the 2019 Annual Meeting
The latest update to the Administration’s Regulatory Agenda is available now on the AWPA website. You can always find the latest information on the Environmental, Health and Safety page. You can read the update here.
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
By Janet Kopenhaver, AWPA Director of Government Affairs In February, I went on record at the AWPA Annual Meeting with predictions about what we might expect to happen in the November elections. I even prognosticated about what the gains and losses would be for each party. So how well did I do? Let’s dig into … Continue reading November Election – What Did Happen?
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
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
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
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
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
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?