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Customer Advisory – Presidential Proclamations on Imports of Aluminum and Steel

On March 08, 2018, Presidential Trump signed into effect Presidential Proclamations on Imports of Aluminum and Steel into the United States.

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce found that the current quantities of imports is a threat to the national security of the United States.   As the number of imports of Aluminum and Steel has increased over the years, it has weakened the Industries here in the United States.   Section 232 investigation found that United States imports were nearly 4 times our exports of steel. Aluminum imports have risen to 90% of the demand.  If the imports continue at their current rate they are a threat of further closures of domestic aluminum and steel production facilities.  This would result in the inability of the United States to meet the national security production requirements in a national emergency.

In order to adjust the volume of aluminum imports, effective March 23, 2018, there will be a 10% ad valorem duty rate imposed for merchandise entered or withdrawn from a warehouse for consumption.

For the purposes of this proclamation, “aluminum articles” are defined in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) as:

  • unwrought aluminum (HTS 7601);
  • aluminum bars, rods, and profiles (HTS 7604);
  • aluminum wire (HTS 7605);
  • aluminum plate, sheet, strip, and foil (flat rolled products) (HTS 7606 and 7607);
  • aluminum tubes and pipes and tube and pipe fitting (HTS 7608 and 7609); and
  • aluminum castings and forgings (HTS 7616.99.51.60 and 7616.99.51.70), including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.

The second Proclamation on Steel will also go into effect on March 23, 2018 for merchandise entered or withdrawn from a warehouse for consumption with an ad valorem duty rate of 25%.

(1)  For the purposes of this proclamation, “steel articles” are defined at the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 6‑digit level as: 

  • 10 through 7216.50
  • 99 through 7301.10
  • 10
  • 40 through 7302.90
  • 10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.

The only exception for both proclamations will be on imports from Canada or Mexico.   The additional 10% and 25% duty rates will be applied with a Chapter 99 Harmonized Number.   Additional details on how these procedures will be implemented will be provided within the next 10 days.   Relief from these duties can be obtained by a request for exclusion made by the party directly affected and located in the United States.  The request must show that article is not produced in the United States in a reasonable amount or quality or upon specific national security consideration.  If the exclusion request is agreed with a notice will be published in the Federal Register.

The Presidential Proclamations can be found on the White House website. For questions or concerns, please contact your local RIM logistics representative.