Effective August 16, 2020, the US will impose Section 232 duties on imports of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum from Canada. A Presidential Proclamation published yesterday stated, “it is necessary and appropriate to re-impose the 10 percent ad valorem tariff …on imports of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum articles from Canada, commensurate with the tariff imposed on such articles imported from most countries.” According to the statement, no drawback will be available on these duties. Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 allows the President to adjust the quantities or circumstances that imports flow into the US if it threatens to impair the country’s national security.
According to the statement, Canada is the largest source of US imports of non-alloyed unwrought aluminum accounting for 75% of total imports in the first five months of 2020. “The surge in imports of these articles from Canada coincides with a decrease in imports of these articles from other countries and threatens to harm domestic aluminum production and capacity utilization.”
If you have questions about the impact of these duties on your shipments, please contact Deringer’s Compliance Department.