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U.S. DOC announces exclusion process for aluminum tariff; AEC hosts webinar

Thursday, April 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
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On March 18, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its procedures for excluding products from the recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum product imports.

“These procedures will allow the Administration to further hone these tariffs to ensure they protect our national security while also minimizing undue impact on downstream American industries,” said Secretary Ross. “Starting tomorrow, domestic industry will be able to apply for exclusions through a fair and transparent process run through Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.”

Secretary Ross, in consultation with other Administration officials, will evaluate exclusion requests, taking into account national security considerations. In that evaluation, the Secretary will consider whether a product is produced in the United States of a satisfactory quality or in a sufficient and reasonably available amount. A single response to each exclusion request will be posted on

Only individuals or organizations using steel or aluminum articles identified in Presidential Proclamations 9704 and 9705 and engaged in business activities in the United States may submit exclusion requests. Exclusion requests will be posted for a 30-day comment period on

Separate exclusion requests must be submitted for each unique steel or aluminum product import. For an exclusion request to be considered, the requester must provide a full factual description of the specific product, its properties, and its quantity. Read the Commerce Department's press release here.

On March 23, 2018, the Trump Administration’s 10% tariff on aluminum imports went into effect. In early April, the Aluminum Extruders Council hosted a webinar to walk interested parties through the exclusion process, led by Matthew McConkey of Mayer Brown, the lead attorney in this matter.

Visit the AEC YouTube channel to watch the recorded webinar or click here. You may also download the presentation slides from the webinar here.