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CBP Updates Section 232 Guidance on Canadian Aluminum Imports

Posted November 01, 2020

In a Cargo Systems Messaging Service bulletin issued on October 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection updated its guidance concerning Canada’s exclusion from additional 10% duties under Section 232 on certain non-alloyed unwrought aluminum articles.
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This followed a Presidential Proclamation made last week on Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the United States, which confirmed the statement made by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on September 15. Having determined that trade in aluminum is expected to “normalize” in the last four months of the year—declining after alleged “surges” of product from Canada earlier in the year— the USTR decided to repeal the contentious Section 232 tariffs that had been imposed as of August 16, retroactive to September 1.

Note: Canada has not acceded to the de facto export quotas described both in USTR’s statement and the proclamation from the White House. It is understood the Trudeau government’s position remains that of viewing Washington’s actions as unilateral in nature and that it remains committed to “a reciprocal dollar-for-dollar retaliation” should the Section 232 tariffs be re-imposed at some point in the future. 


Modifications Now Updated in ACE

CBP’s updated guidance states that effective September 1, 2020, HTS number 9903.85.21 is no longer required for imports of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum articles that are the product of Canada provided for in HTS subheading 7601.10.

Goods entered between August 16 and Sept. 1, however, remain subject to additional Sec. 232 duties under 9903.85.21. CBP also advises that the Automated Commercial Environment has been updated to reflect these modifications starting October 28, 2020.

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