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Section 232 & 301 Tariffs: What You Need to Know

Updated: Oct 12, 2018



SECTION 232 TARIFFS


On March 8, 2018, President Trump announced the imposition of special Section 232 duties on certain steel and aluminum products. These 232 duties include an additional 25 percent ad valorem rate of duty on certain steel products and a 10 percent ad valorem rate of duty on certain aluminum products imported into the U.S.

Shortly thereafter, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued an interim rule establishing a new process for organizations to submit requests to exclude their products from Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum.


To learn more about the types of steel products that will be affected by this additional duty, click here.


To learn more about the types of steel products that will be affected by this additional duty, click here.


To learn more about how to submit requests to exclude your products from Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, click here.


SECTION 301 TARIFFS


On August 18, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) began an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 into the government of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. In response to the findings of the USTR’s Section 301 investigation report, President Trump announced his decision to take action against what he termed as “China’s unfair trade practices”. As part of the U.S. response, the USTR proposed an additional tariff of 25% on a list of products imported from China.


On June 20, 2018, additional 301 import duties on Chinese goods were announced and are effective July 6, 2018. In addition to reporting the HTSUS classification of the imported merchandise, importers will also need to report the 9903.88.01 special tariff number for goods subject to the additional duty assessment of 25% ad valorem as a result of this Section 301 trade remedy.


The 301 tariffs are in addition to other general or special duties that may apply, including antidumping and countervailing duties. For a list of goods covered by these additional 301 tariffs, please click: Section 301 Tariffs - List 1.

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