Background

The Bureau of Industry and Security has issued an interim final rule that, effective Dec. 24, will remove 30 general approved exclusions from the Section 232 tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

A December 2020 regulatory change allowed for GAEs authorizing imports of covered goods by any importer for an indefinite length of time. That rule adopted 108 GAEs for steel articles and 15 GAEs for aluminum articles that had not received objections from domestic industry.

BIS has now determined that 26 GAEs for steel and four GAEs for aluminum no longer meet the criteria for inclusion as a GAE (e.g., they have received objections and/or denials in the Section 232 exclusions portal) and should therefore be removed. As a result, the steel and aluminum articles covered by these GAEs will revert to the Section 232 duties and treatment previously established.

However, BIS states that it could reissue these GAEs in whole or in part based on the results of a pending analysis.

For more information on this change, please contact attorney Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or via email.

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