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Duty Increase To Aluminum And Steel Imports Into The U.S. Effective June 1, 2018

By Pacific Customs Brokers, Pacific Customs Brokers May 31, 2018

News update:  Effective June 1, 2018, the White House released information indicating that there would be no further extensions for exemptions from Proclamations 9704 and 9705, for imports of goods manufactured in the countries as listed for each proclamation.

Proclamation 9704 - Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the European Union (as well as all other countries not specifically excluded)

Proclamation 9705 - Australia, Canada, Mexico and the European Union (as well as all other countries not specifically excluded)


The United States Government is authorized under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, to put in place safeguard tariffs to protect the national security of the United States.  President Trump has declared that the U.S. is in jeopardy of weakening or disappearance of domestic aluminum and steel production capabilities due to foreign imports, which is perceived as a threat to national security.

Using the authority vested in him through Section 232 of the trade act the President has issued proclamations 9704 and 9705, which will impose additional import tariffs on all imports of foreign goods within the scope of the proclamations.

Proclamation 9704, covers articles of Aluminum with an additional duty rate 10%.

Items covered are under the following tariff numbers:










Proclamation 9705, covers articles of Steel with an additional duty rate of 25%.

Items covered are under the following tariff numbers:

7206.10 through 7216.50

7216.99 through 7301.10



7302.40 through 7302.90

7304.10 through 7306.90

Importers need to be aware that the additional duties cannot be avoided through use of special programs such as free trade agreements.

The duty rates imposed under the proclamations are in addition to the normal duties applied to the affected tariff numbers. Free trade agreements are still valid to waive normal duties and MPF on goods that qualify.


As of June 1, 2018: STEEL: All countries of origin except Argentina, Brazil, and South Korea (these countries are exempt even after May 31)   

As of June 1, 2018: ALUMINUM: All countries of origin except Argentina and Australia.


Canada Retaliates With Dollar-for-Dollar Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Against U.S.

With the U.S. decision to impose an additional 10% duty rate on aluminum and 25% duty rate on steel, Canada has reciprocated with countermeasures in response to the American decision.

Canada’s tariffs are highlighted by steel and aluminum, but will include other products as well. The tariffs will go into effect July 1, 2018.