May 01, 2018

Dear Valued Customer:

April 30 Proclamations Extend Exceptions for Certain Countries from Section 232 Duties

On April 30, President Donald J. Trump issued two proclamations authorizing modifications of the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum.

The Whitehouse announced that the Administration has reached a final agreement with South Korea on steel imports, the outlines of which were previously announced by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Republic of Korea Minister for Trade Hyun-chong Kim.

The Administration has also reached agreements in principle with Argentina, Australia, and Brazil with respect to steel and aluminum, the details of which will be finalized shortly.

The Administration is also extending negotiations with Canada, Mexico, and the European Union for a final 30 days. In all of these negotiations, the Administration is focused on quotas that will restrain imports, prevent transshipment, and protect the national security.

These agreements are the Trump Administration’s strategy to reach fair outcomes with allies to protect our national security and address global challenges to the steel and aluminum industries.

For Steel articles, all countries of origin will be subject to Section 232 measures from May 1 through May 31, 2018 except for the following countries of origin: Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, South Korea, Brazil and member countries of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom).

As of June 1, 2018: All countries of origin will be subject to Section 232 measures except Argentina, Australia, Brazil, and South Korea*.

*Steel imports from South Korea will be subject to absolute quota, requiring valid quota entry type codes (02, 06, 07, 23, 32, or 38).

For Aluminum articles, all countries of origin will be subject to Section 232 measures from May 1 through May 31, 2018 except for the following countries of origin: Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Brazil and member countries of the European Union (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom).

As of June 1, 2018: All countries of origin will be subject to Section 232 measures except Argentina, Australia, and Brazil.

NOTE: As of May 1, aluminum articles from South Korea are subject to the Section 232 import duties.

Countries of origin to which Section 232 measures apply are not eligible for GSP and AGOA duty preferences. Moreover, Section 232 duties must be paid in addition to the normal trade relations (column 1) duty rates.

Brazil and Argentina as GSP countries are exempt from 232 duties and therefore may claim GSP.

Although countries that are subject to Section 232 measures are not eligible to claim GSP or AGOA, they are eligible to claim other Free Trade Agreements and may continue to receive the preferential duty rate and any MPF exemption that may apply in accordance with 19 CFR 24.23(c). However, Section 232 duties must be paid on imports subject to Section 232 even if trade preferences apply.

Any admissions into a Foreign Trade Zone must be made under “privileged foreign status” and are subject upon entry for consumption to any ad valorem rates of duty imposed by the Proclamations.

No drawback shall be available with respect to the Section 232 duties imposed upon any aluminum or steel article.

Questions related to Section 232 entry filing requirements can be emailed to traderemedyunit@cbp.dhs.gov.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact your nearest JJB representative.

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