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National Security Review of Aluminum Imports Accelerated

Friday, June 02, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Commerce is accelerating its section 232 investigation into the national security effects of aluminum imports by moving up from June 29 to June 23 the deadline for submitting written comments, data, analyses, and other pertinent information. The DOC will also hold a public hearing in this investigation June 22. Although the DOC has up to 270 days to conclude a section 232 investigation it is expediting this one in light of the time-sensitive nature of its national security implications and President Trump’s direction to “move quickly.” Trump recently indicated that he anticipates a final report by the end of June.

The DOC is seeking comments and information on the following factors.

- quantity of or other circumstances related to the importation of aluminum

- domestic production and productive capacity needed for aluminum to meet projected national defense requirements

- existing and anticipated availability of human resources, products, raw materials, production equipment, and facilities to produce aluminum

- growth requirements of the aluminum industry to meet national defense requirements and/or requirements to assure such growth

- impact of foreign competition on the economic welfare of the aluminum industry

- displacement of any domestic aluminum causing substantial unemployment, decrease in government revenues, loss of investment or specialized skills and productive capacity, or other serious effects

- relevant factors that are causing or will cause a weakening of the national economy

- any other relevant factors

If the DOC determines as a result of this investigation that imports of foreign-made aluminum are harming U.S. national security, and the president concurs, the president has the authority to adjust imports, including through the use of tariffs and quotas.

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