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The Department of Commerce plans to launch in late 2018 or early 2019 a new online portal to facilitate the submission and management of exclusion requests, objections to exclusion requests, rebuttals, and surrebuttals in connection with Section 232 duties or quotas on steel and aluminum imports. DOC states that this new portal will (a) streamline the exclusion process by replacing the existing data collection point with web-based forms, (b) allow parties to more easily view all submissions in one system, and (c) enable parties to track submission deadlines. It will also allow for better collaboration between government agencies processing exclusion requests.
A public testing of the new portal will be conducted Dec. 6-7 in Washington, D.C. The process for the public to submit requests to participate in the test, or to attend it, are set forth in the attached notice. No remote testing will be available.
Once the new portal is ready to be implemented the DOC will publish a rule making changes to the regulations setting forth the Section 232 exclusion processes. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the new portal once this rule is published.