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Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exemptions Modified.

For Steel:

On April 30th, the President of the USA issued a proclamation on steel that extended country exemptions until June 1st for Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, South Korea, Brazil and member countries of the European Union. 

South Korean shipments of steel will now be processed as Quota entries. Starting June 1st, the exemption will include only Argentina, Australia, and South Korea.

For Aluminum:

On April 30th, the President of the USA issued a proclamation on aluminum that extended the country exemptions until June 1st for Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Brazil and member countries of the European Union.
 
The extension does not include South Korea. Starting June 1st, the exemption will include only Argentina, Australia, and Brazil. 

In addition, on May 1st, U.S Customs issued CSMS message #18-000317, confirming that goods subject to the Section 232 additional Steel and Aluminum duties may not receive Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) or African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) special program trade preferences retroactive to March 23rd.  

However, U.S. Customs did indicate that other special programs would continue receiving preferential duty rate and any MPF exemption that may apply. 

Cargo that falls under the Section 232 Steel and Aluminum duties that is entered into Foreign Trade Zones must do so under “privileged foreign status” and will be subject upon entry for consumption to any ad valorem rates related to the applicable HTSUS subheading except those eligible for admission under
 “domestic status”.

Drawback will not be available with respect to the Section 232 duties imposed on any aluminum or steel article.  


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