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U.S. Imposes Additional Duties on Steel and Aluminum Imports

Steel workerMarch 9, 2018

On March 8, 2018, the President of the United States signed two Presidential Proclamations imposing additional duties on steel and aluminum imported into the United States. At this time these duties will apply to all countries except products manufactured in Canada and Mexico, which are exempted from the order. The duties will become effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouses for consumption, on or after March 23, 2018. 

The duty on "steel articles" will be an additional 25% over and above any current applicable duties and fees. The proclamation defines "steel articles" using the six digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheadings specifically 7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90, and 7304.10 through 7306.90.

The duty on "aluminum articles" will be an additional 10% over and above any current applicable duties and fees.  The proclamation defines "aluminum articles" using the six digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheadings specifically:  (a) unwrought aluminum (HTS 7601); (b) aluminum bars, rods, and profiles (HTS 7604); (c) aluminum wire (HTS 7605); (d) aluminum plate, sheet, strip, and foil (flat rolled products) (HTS 7606 and 7607); (e) aluminum tubes and pipes and tube and pipe fitting (HTS 7608 and 7609); and (f) aluminum castings and forgings (HTS 7616.99.51.60 and 7616.99.51.70).

It is strongly recommended that importers review their classifications and origin determinations to confirm whether a product you import will be subject to the additional duties.

Products of Canada and Mexico are specifically exempted, however, the exemption is not permanent and the implication is the duties will be suspended pending the outcome of the current NAFTA negotiations. 

The proclamation also allows for additional countries to apply for exclusion from these duties and indicates that within 10 days from the date of the proclamation that the Secretary of State shall issue procedures for how a request for an exclusion is to be filed.  Should other other countries be excluded in the future we will provide an update.

 


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