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Mexico Extends Temporary Duty Increase on Certain Iron and Steel Products

The Mexican government has extended for an additional six months, from 6 April through 3 October, a temporary increase from zero to 15 percent in the most-favoured-nation duty rate for iron and steel products classified under HTSMX subheadings 7207.12.01, 7207.12.99, 7208.10.01, 7208.10.02, 7208.10.99, 7208.25.01, 7208.25.99, 7208.26.01, 7208.27.01, 7208.36.01, 7208.37.01, 7208.38.01, 7208.39.01, 7208.40.01, 7208.40.99, 7208.51.01, 7208.51.02, 7208.51.03, 7208.52.01, 7208.53.01, 7208.54.01, 7208.90.99, 7209.15.01, 7209.15.02, 7209.15.03, 7209.15.99, 7209.16.01, 7209.17.01, 7209.18.01, 7209.25.01, 7209.26.01, 7209.27.01, 7209.28.01, 7209.90.99, 7211.13.01, 7211.14.01, 7211.14.02, 7211.14.99, 7211.19.01, 7211.19.02, 7211.19.03, 7211.19.04, 7211.19.99, 7211.23.01, 7211.23.02, 7211.23.99, 7211.29.01, 7211.29.02, 7211.29.03, 7211.29.99, 7211.90.99, 7213.10.01, 7213.20.01, 7213.91.01, 7213.91.02,  7213.99.01, 7213.99.99, 7224.90.02, 7225.19.99, 7225.30.01, 7225.30.02, 7225.30.03, 7225.30.04, 7225.30.05, 7225.30.06, 7225.30.99, 7225.40.01, 7225.40.02, 7225.40.03, 7225.40.04, 7225.40.05, 7225.40.99, 7225.50.01, 7225.50.02, 7225.50.03, 7225.50.04, 7225.50.05, 7225.50.06, 7225.50.99, 7226.19.99, 7226.91.01, 7226.91.02, 7226.91.03, 7226.91.04, 7226.91.05, 7226.91.06, 7226.91.99, 7226.92.01, 7226.92.02, 7226.92.03, 7226.92.04, 7226.92.05, 7226.92.99, 7227.10.01, 7227.20.01, 7227.90.01 and 7227.90.99.

Originally adopted on 7 October 2015, the higher duties are being maintained due to the alleged lack of appropriate conditions for healthy competition between the iron and steel sectors of Mexico and other countries. Mexican authorities have said in the past that they intend use every tool at their disposal to support the domestic steel sector, including carrying out a series of consultations with other trade partners to design a global response against unfair trade in steel.

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