Friday, October 26, 2018

Retaliatory Tariff Resources from the US Department of Commerce

posted by Tina Weyant

Below is a listing of useful website links from the US Department of Commerce regarding foreign retaliatory actions to the U.S. Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs as well as China’s responses to U.S. Section 301 tariffs.

General Information about Foreign Tariff Retaliations:
Details regarding additional duty rates and their effective dates and links to each country's official announcements are included for the following countries:
  • Canada
  • China
  • EU
  • India
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Russia
  • Turkey

Retaliation Product Matrix for Section 232:
This matrix lists the U.S. goods subject to foreign retaliatory tariffs in response to the United States’ Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the United States.  It includes direct links for U.S. businesses to find additional detail regarding the scope of the foreign measures. Download the matrix here.

Section 232 Investigations Overview and Documents:

A great starting place is the website for Section 232 Investigations, where links for investigations, proclamations and dockets can be found via the steel and the aluminum page.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection website also has a useful information page regarding the Section 232 Tariffs, and a helpful list of FAQs.

Finding Objections, Rebuttals, and Surrebuttals for Section 232 Product Exclusion Requests:
The steel and aluminum rebuttal and surrebuttal files are uploaded daily to the Section 232 Investigations website as an Excel workbook. The files catalog each objection, rebuttal, and surrebuttal Identification Number associated with each Exclusion Request.  Instructional guides as well as a video are available.

Contact Points for Questions Related to Section 232 Tariffs:
- Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce: Additional $16 Billion Trade Action:
  • Steel: (202) 482-5642,
  • Aluminum: (202) 482-4757,
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

Section 301 Investigations:
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative webpage regarding the Section 301 investigation  provides links to the investigation documents, hearing and regulations.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection site includes a page dedicated to the Section 301 Trade Remedies.  A downloadable Section 301 HTSUS Reference guide is available. This page also includes a link to FAQs

Section 301 Exclusion Process:
Here is a link to the Section 301 exclusion process, and the Section 301 Hotline: (202) 395-5725.
The exclusion request forms, along with detailed instructions as well as the list of products for the initial $34 Billion Trade Action and the additional $16 Billion Trade Action can be found on this page.

Contact Points for Questions Related to Section 301 Tariffs:
-  U.S. Trade Representative,  Section 301 Hotline: (202) 395-5725
-  U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

Duty Drawback for Section 232 and Section 301:
  • No drawback shall be available with respect to the Section 232 duties imposed on any aluminum or steel article
  • Section 301 duties are eligible for duty drawback

Contact your local US Commercial Service office for more information.

US Commercial Service - Philadelphia
One Penn Center
1617 John F. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 1580
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1815
Telephone: (215) 597-6101
Fax: (215) 597-6123
Philadelphia Website

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