On October 4, 2021, Ambassador Katherine Tai, the United States Trade Representative, addressed the state of U.S.- China trade relations and the upcoming plans for the Biden Administration to improve foreign trade policy. Since taking office in January, the Administration has spent time reviewing the trade policies put in place under the Trump Administration.  There has been little movement until now as to the stance the Biden Administration would take, which created uncertainty regarding U.S. trade policy with China. Speculation grew as many questioned what would happen with the tariffs imposed on Chinese imports (under Section 301), how the administration would address the shortcomings of the “Phase 1” deal, and whether the product exclusion process would be re-instated.

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The U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT” or “the Court”) ruled in an opinion issued on April 5, 2021, that Proclamation 9980 subjecting steel and aluminum “derivatives” to 25 percent tariffs under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. § 1862) is invalid because of a failure to comply with statutory time limits.
Continue Reading CIT Declares Section 232 Steel Tariffs on “Derivatives” Under Proclamation 9980 Invalid and Contrary to Law

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued a Federal Register Notice on May, 19, 2020, inviting comments from interested parties on its investigation regarding the potential
Continue Reading BIS Announces the Opportunity to Submit Comments in the Section 232 Investigation on Imports of Steel for Electrical Transformers

White HouseWhy importers of steel and aluminum derivative products should consider challenging the administration’s imposition of additional Section 232 duties:

  • The processes followed by the administration in implementing additional Section 232


Continue Reading Section 232 Derivative Product Duties – Time Sensitive Litigation Update

In a surprise announcement after hours on Friday January 24, 2020, the White House announced that it plans to impose an additional 25 percent tariff on some steel articles and
Continue Reading Trump Administration Announces 25% Tariffs on Finished Steel Products and 10% Tariffs on Aluminum Products

President Trump unexpectedly announced via Twitter on Monday, December 02, 2019 that the 25% Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs that were enforced globally in 2018 would be reinstated on
Continue Reading Trump Administration to Restore Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs on Argentina and Brazil

On May 17, 2019, after numerous rounds of negotiations, the United States, Canada, and Mexico issued formal statements on lifting duties on Section 232 steel and aluminum products. While Canada and the U.S. explicitly stated that their respective tariffs would be lifted within the next two days, Mexico has yet to announce how quickly their retaliatory tariffs would end.
Continue Reading U.S., Canada, and Mexico to Lift Duties on Section 232 Aluminum and Steel Products

On March 25, 2019, the Court of International Trade issued its decision in the American Institute for International Steel’s appeal on the institution of Section 232 tariffs on steel products.  The CIT found that the Section 232 tariffs were constitutional and thus this decision results in the continuation of these tariffs for the foreseeable future.
Continue Reading CIT Rules Section 232 Tariffs on Steel are Constitutional