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National Security Review of Aluminium Imports Accelerated

The U.S. Department of Commerce is accelerating its section 232 investigation into the national security effects of aluminium imports by moving up from 29 June to 23 June the deadline for submitting written comments, data, analyses and other pertinent information. The DOC will also hold a public hearing in this investigation on 22 June. Although the DOC has up to 270 days to conclude a section 232 investigation it is expediting this one in light of the time-sensitive nature of its national security implications and President Trump’s direction to “move quickly.” Mr. Trump recently indicated that he anticipates a final report by the end of June.

The DOC is seeking comments and information on the following factors.

  • quantity of or other circumstances related to the importation of aluminium
  • domestic production and productive capacity needed for aluminium to meet projected national defence requirements
  • existing and anticipated availability of human resources, products, raw materials, production equipment and facilities to produce aluminium
  • growth requirements of the aluminium industry to meet national defence requirements and/or requirements to assure such growth
  • impact of foreign competition on the economic welfare of the aluminium industry
  • displacement of any domestic aluminium causing substantial unemployment, decrease in government revenues, loss of investment or specialised skills and productive capacity, or other serious effects
  • relevant factors that are causing or will cause a weakening of the national economy
  • any other relevant factors

If the DOC determines as a result of this investigation that imports of foreign-made aluminium are harming U.S. national security, and the president concurs, the president has the authority to adjust imports, including through the use of tariffs and quotas.

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