Stainless steel factoryOn April 30, 2018, the President issued two new Proclamations regarding the 232 tariffs imposed on imports of steel and aluminum articles into the United States.  The new Proclamations modify the previous steel and aluminum Proclamations with respect to imports from Canada, Mexico, the European Union, Argentina, Australia, Brazil and South Korea.

Presidential Proclamation Adjusting Imports of Steel into the United States

Presidential Proclamation Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the United States

Canada, Mexico and the European Union

The President announced that the United States is continuing discussion with Canada, Mexico and the European Union on alternative means to address the impairment to national security posed by imports of steel and aluminum articles. As a result, the President extended the 232 tariff exemptions previously granted to imports of steel and aluminum articles from these countries until June 1, 2018. This extension has been characterized as a “final” extension in the hopes that an agreement can be reached and that the outcomes will impose quotas that will ultimately restrain imports.

Argentina, Australia, and Brazil

The President announced that the United States had reached an agreement in principle with Argentina, Australia, and Brazil on alternative means to address the impairment to national security posed by imports of steel and aluminum articles. Imports from these countries will remain exempt from the steel and aluminum tariffs while the details of the agreements are finalized.  There is no expiration date for the exemption granted to these countries, but the President will consider re-imposing the tariffs if a final agreement is not reached.

South Korea

The President announced that an agreement had been reached with South Korea and that imports of steel articles from South Korea are exempt from the tariffs.  However, imports of steel articles from South Korea will be subject to a quota. Information on the quota limits can be found here.

Imports of aluminum articles from South Korea remain subject to the 232 tariffs.


The Proclamation also provides that drawback will not be available with respect to the 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum articles.

For more information, please contact Jeffrey Neeley, Stephen Brophy, Nithya Nagarajan, Cortney Morgan, or Robert Stang.

Photo of Jeffrey Neeley Jeffrey Neeley

Jeffrey has more than 25 years of experience representing private parties in international trade remedies disputes in the U.S. and in foreign jurisdictions. He guides clients in matters including antidumping investigations, countervailing duties, subsidies, intellectual property disputes as well as related customs, export control, and other import/export issues.

Photo of Stephen Brophy Stephen Brophy

Stephen brings more than 20 years of international trade experience to Husch Blackwell. His practice focuses on trade relief and regulation, representing clients in antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard proceedings. He has assisted clients with these and other related matters before the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission. Stephen is also experienced with customs issues, including tariff classification, valuation and country of origin marking matters.

Photo of Nithya Nagarajan Nithya Nagarajan

Nithya’s extensive background in U.S. trade issues spans 25 years and includes various roles in a number of federal government agencies, including the Department of Commerce Department of Justice, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. She assists clients with administrative and regulatory actions before the Department of Commerce, International Trade Commission and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and defends clients in appeals before the Court of International Trade, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, NAFTA panels and the World Trade Organization. In addition to her body of U.S. experience, Nithya is also well-versed in international trade issues in China and India.

Photo of Cortney Morgan Cortney Morgan

An experienced attorney in the area of international trade and supply chain issues, Cortney advises foreign and domestic clients on all aspects of international trade regulation, planning and compliance, including import (customs), export controls, economic sanctions, embargoes, international trade agreements and preference programs.

Photo of Robert Stang Robert Stang

Bob focuses his practice on customs and international trade law. He brings 30 years of experience to a wide range of issues that affect inbound and outbound goods, including tariff classification, valuation, country of origin marking matters, free trade agreements, and special trade programs. He also has extensive customs compliance experience and regularly assists importers facing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) audits, penalties, seizures, redelivery notices and other agency enforcement activities. Bob works with importers and exporters proactively to achieve cost savings and structure programs that meet CBP “reasonable care” requirements. He also handles supply chain security issues, including Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) enrollment, verification and annual reviews.