The Department of Commerce announced May 5, 2020 its initiation of an investigation under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine whether U.S. national security is being harmed by imports of laminations for stacked cores for incorporation into transformers, stacked and wound cores for incorporation into transformers, electrical transformers, and transformer regulators.
If the DOC (which must consult with the Department of Defense) finds that excessive imports of these goods 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 this investigation and submit its recommendations to the president. Interested parties were able to submit written comments, data, analysis or other information to the DOC until July 3, 2020. Rebuttal comments were due by June 19, 2020.