On March 8, 2018, President Trump signed the two Presidential Proclamations with additional duties on steel (25%) (https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-adjusting-imports-steel-united-states/) and aluminum (10%) (https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-adjusting-imports-aluminum-united-states/). The additional duties will apply beginning with merchandise entered into the United States on March 23, 2018.
Products manufactured in Canada and Mexico are currently exempt from the additional duties.
The affected tariff numbers are listed under (1) in the respective proclamations. The steel duties will be applied at the six digit level to the following tariff numbers: 7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10 (includes ingots, bars, rods, sheets and wire), 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90 and 7304.10 through 7306.90 (includes rails, pipes, and tubes). The aluminum duties will be applied to the following tariff numbers: (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 fittings (HTS 7608 and 7609); and (f) aluminum castings and forgings (HTS 7616.99.5160 and 7616.99.5170).
Within 10 days of the publication of these proclamations (by March 18, 2018) there will be published procedures for requests for exclusions for individual products. The proclamation also allows for negotiations with countries the United States has a security relationship to find alternative means to address the threatened impairment of the national security of the United States and if an agreement is reached the duties would be modified or removed.
For additional information and assistance, please contact Delmar International’s U.S. Advisory Services group.