Commerce Department Recommends Expansive Steel and Aluminum Tariffs
Feb. 16, the Commerce Department publicized its investigation into the national
security threat posed by steel and aluminum imports. The report determines that
the metal imports “threaten to impair the national
security,” and lays out three recommendations for imposing tariffs and/or
quotas on steel and aluminum imports. AGC will urge the president to consider the potential negative impact of
such actions on the construction industry—which uses the materials in a broad
array of project types—as he determines his response.
Commerce’s top-line recommendation is a 24 percent global tariff on all steel imports
and a 7.7 percent tariff on all aluminum imports. The report also
recommends that the Commerce Secretary oversee an appeals and exclusion process, whereby American companies
can appeal for specific products to be excluded “if the U.S. lacks sufficient domestic capacity or for national security
Commerce Department’s alternative recommendations can be found here, along with
the full steel and aluminum reports.
Because the investigation was carried out
under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, President Trump has the
authority to act without Congressional approval. He must implement or reject
recommendations by April 11 and the aluminum recommendations by April 19. For more information,
contact Collin Janich at email@example.com or (703) 837-5435.
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