Section 232 – Additional duties on certain Aluminum & Steel products
On March 23rd, 2018 the proposed duties went into effect and certain aluminum products commenced to pay the 10% duty while certain steel products commenced to pay the 25%.
The HTS codes affected are outlined below:
For the purposes of the proclamation for “aluminum articles” they are defined in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) as: (a) unwrought aluminum (HTS 7601); (b) aluminum bars, rods, and profiles (HTS 7604); (c) aluminum wire (HTS 7605); (d) aluminum plate, sheet, strip, and foil (flat rolled products) (HTS 7606 and 7607); (e) aluminum tubes and pipes and tube and pipe fitting (HTS 7608 and 7609); and (f) aluminum castings and forgings (HTS 76184.108.40.206 and 76220.127.116.11), including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.
For the purposes of the proclamation for “steel articles” they are defined at the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) 6‑digit level as: 7206.10 through 7216.50, 7216.99 through 7301.10, 7302.10, 7302.40 through 7302.90, and 7304.10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.
In summary, this has affected many of our aluminum and steel importers who were used to paying a certain amount of duty but are now having to pay an additional 10% or 25% depending on their article.
Section 301 – Proposed Tariffs Announced
On April 3rd, 2018 a press release was issued stating that over 1400 tariffs from China would be affected with an additional 25% in duties. Attached I am including the link to the list of HTS codes (click here.) and also including the breakdown per chapter heading:
- 29 - chemicals
- 30 - medicines
- 40 - some rubber, tires & conveyor belts
- 72 - iron / non-alloy steel
- 73 - alloy steel
- 76 - aluminum
- 84 - machinery and mechanical appliances, including machinery used in manufacturing textiles and apparel
- 85 - electrical machinery, television image and sound recorders and reproducers
- 86 - railway / tramway
- 87 - motor vehicles
- 88 - planes and helicopters
- 89 - boats
- 90 - glass and microscopes
- 93 - guns
Importers will have an opportunity to provide input through a 30-day comment period at which the tariff lines will undergo further review. See timeline below for ease of reference:
05/11: due date for submitting written comments
05/15: public hearing in Washington DC
05/22: further comments accepted as rebuttal to testimony during the hearing
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