Background

President Biden has issued separate proclamations that further delay tariff increases on steel and aluminum from the European Union and modify certain U.S. free trade agreement and trade preference program provisions, as follows.

- extend through Dec. 31, 2025, the existing tariff-rate quotas on imports of steel and aluminum from the EU (to provide additional time for the two sides to conclude a global arrangement designed to discourage trade in high-carbon steel and aluminum)

- renew through Dec. 29, 2025, all exclusions utilized to import steel products from the EU free from Section 232 tariffs in fiscal year 2021 and the first quarter of calendar year 2022

- effective Jan. 1, 2024 (including goods withdrawn from warehouse on or after this date), terminate the designation of Gabon, Niger, the Central African Republic, and Uganda as beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries under the African Growth and Opportunity Act

- effective Jan. 1, 2024, reinstate Mauritania as an AGOA beneficiary country (including its eligibility for AGOA’s special apparel rules)

- extend through Dec. 31, 2024, a 2004 agreement with Israel that provides duty-free access to specified quantities of certain agricultural products of that country

For more information on AGOA, including country eligibility and how to utilize available tariff preferences, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or via email.

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