Late last Friday evening, President Trump issued a proclamation imposing duties on imports of certain derivatives of steel and aluminum articles that have been found to threaten the national security. The proclamation specifically identified products that were subject to the new duties (effective February 8, 2020), but it was unclear whether two yet-to-be-released Annexes would identify a more expansive list of products.
Yesterday, the proclamation and accompanying annexes were published in the Federal Register revealing that the list of products covered by the new duties was extremely limited. It is unclear, however, whether the criteria laid out in the President’s proclamation will be used to apply duties to additional derivative steel and aluminum articles in the future.
For additional information regarding the President’s proclamation, please click here.
For a copy of the proclamation and accompanying annexes, please click here.