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Inspector General Finds Fault with Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exclusion Process

Businesses that import steel and aluminum continue to face higher costs of raw materials due to the Section 232 tariffs. In theory, importers have been able to appeal to the U.S. Department of Commerce for an exclusion from the tariffs. 

In practice, many importers have found that the process has been inconsistent, confusing, and unfair.  In the wake of these findings, companies should consider renewing previously denied exclusions or bringing a legal challenge to previously denied exclusion requests. 

Provided below is report issued by the Department of Commerce.

Decisions on Exclusions from Section 232 Tariffs Were Not Transparent and Based on Incomplete and Inaccurate Information.


litigation, tariffs, section 232