11 June 2019
New Section 232 Exclusions Portal Unveiled
The additional tariffs imposed by the United States on imports of steel and aluminium under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 have led a substantial number of importers of those products to seek exclusion requests in an effort to have specific items excluded from the tariffs. To date, the U.S. Department of Commerce has received many thousands more requests than were initially anticipated, which has led to considerable processing delays and complaints from businesses and lawmakers.
In view of the problems associated with the current Regulations.gov system, the DOC has developed a new Section 232 exclusions portal that must be used from 13 June for submitting exclusion requests, objections to exclusion requests and rebuttals. Then again, objections, rebuttals and surrebuttals must always be filed on the system where the exclusion request was originally submitted, whether in Regulations.gov or the new Section 232 exclusions portal.
The DOC hopes the new portal, which requires that submitters complete a web-based registration prior to submitting any documents, will streamline the exclusions process while enhancing data integrity and quality controls. The new portal will also allow external parties to track submission deadlines in the system.