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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 7 October 2016 through 5 April 2016, a temporary increase from zero to 15 percent in the MFN 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. Minister of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo told the National Iron and Steel Chamber (CANACERO) earlier this year that the Mexican government would use every tool at its 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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