The Department of Commerce announced May 19, 2020 that it has initiated a Section 232 investigation to determine whether U.S. national security is being harmed by imports of mobile cranes.
If the DOC (which must consult with the Department of Defense) finds that excessive imports of mobile cranes are a threat to U.S. national security, and the president concurs, the president has the authority to adjust imports, including through the use of tariffs and quotas. Any such actions would be imposed within 15 days of the president’s determination to act.
The DOC has up to 270 days to conclude a section 232 investigation and submit its report and recommendations to the president. Interested parties were able to submit written comments, data, analysis or other information to the DOC until July 10, 2020. Rebuttal comments were due by August 10, 2020.