Section 232 exclusion process updates

Companies can apply for exclusions from Section 232 tariffs if a steel/aluminum product is not available domestically in sufficient quantity or quality. Requests are filed at the Department of Commerce’s (DOC) portal. DOC provides a user guide and Q&A .

NAFEM members also may petition the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for the inclusion of their imported products in an upcoming miscellaneous tariff bill that could temporarily suspend or reduce duties on these imports. According to Christine Sohar Henter, NAFEM legal counsel, Barnes & Thornburg, after consultations with the Commerce Department, the ITC could recommend to Congress a list of imported items that are suitable for inclusion in a legislative package that temporarily eliminates or reduces tariffs. Petitions are due by Dec. 10.