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Notice of Inquiry Regarding the Exclusion Process for Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Import Tariffs and Quotas

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Industry and Security, Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice of inquiry with request for comment.

SUMMARY:

In rendering decisions on requests for exclusions from the tariffs and quotas imposed on imports of steel and aluminum articles, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is seeking public comment on the appropriateness of the information requested and considered in applying the exclusion criteria, and the efficiency and transparency of the process employed.

DATES:

Comments must be received by BIS no later than July 10, 2020.

ADDRESSES:

Comments on this rule may be submitted to the Federal rulemaking portal (www.regulations.gov). The regulations.gov ID for this rule is: BIS-2020-0012. Please refer to RIN 0694-XC058 in all comments and in the subject line of email comments.

Material submitted by members of the public that is properly marked business confidential information and accepted as such by the Department will be exempted from public disclosure as provided for by §  705.6 of the National Security Industrial Base Regulations (15 CFR parts 700 to 709) (“NSIBR”). Anyone submitting business confidential information should clearly identify the business confidential portion at the time of submission, file a statement justifying nondisclosure and referring to the specific legal authority claimed, and provide a non-confidential submission which can be placed in the public file on http://www.regulations.gov. Communications from agencies of the United States Government will not be made available for public inspection. For comments submitted electronically containing business confidential information, the file name of the business confidential version should begin with the characters “BC”. Any page containing business confidential information must be clearly marked “BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL” on the top of that page. The non-confidential version must be clearly marked “PUBLIC”. The file name of the non-confidential version should begin with the character “P”. The “BC” and “P” should be followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comments or rebuttal comments. All filers should name their files using the name of the person or entity submitting the comments. Any submissions with file names that do not begin with a “P” or “BC” will be assumed to be public and will be placed in the public file on http://www.regulations.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For questions regarding this Notice of Inquiry, contact Erika Maynard at 202-482-5572 or via email Erika.Maynard@bis.doc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On January 11, 2018, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) transmitted a report to the President on his investigation into the effect of imports of steel articles on the national security of the United States. On January 19, 2018, the Secretary similarly transmitted a report to the President on his investigation into the effect of imports of aluminum articles on the national security of the United States. Both reports were issued pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended.

In Proclamation 9704 of March 8, 2018 (Adjusting Imports of Aluminum Into the United States), and Proclamation 9705 of March 8, 2018 (Adjusting Imports of Steel Into the United States), the President concurred in the Secretary's findings that aluminum articles and steel articles were being imported into the United States in such quantities and under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security of the United States. The President therefore decided to take initial action to address the threatened impairment by adjusting the imports of aluminum articles, as defined in Clause 1 of Proclamation 9704, as amended, by imposing a 10 percent ad valorem tariff on such articles imported from most countries, beginning March 23, 2018. The President similarly decided to take initial action by adjusting the imports of steel articles, as defined in Clause 1 of Proclamation 9705, as amended, by imposing a 25 percent ad valorem tariff on such articles imported from most countries, beginning March 23, 2018. In subsequent Proclamations, the President imposed quotas on imports of steel and aluminum from Argentina, and steel from Brazil and the Republic of Korea.

Exclusion Process

Proclamations 9704 and 9705 authorized the Secretary to provide relief from the additional duties imposed on steel and aluminum imports for any steel or aluminum determined not to be produced in the United States in a sufficient and reasonably available amount or of a satisfactory quality or based on specific national security considerations, after a request for relief is made by a directly affected party located in the United States.

On March 19, 2018, the Bureau of Industry and Security issued the interim final rule Requirements for Submissions Requesting Exclusions from the Remedies Instituted in Presidential Proclamations Adjusting Imports of Steel into the United States and Adjusting Imports of Aluminum into the United States; and the filing of Objections to Submitted Exclusion Requests for Steel and Aluminum (83 FR 12106) which established the exclusion request process authorized by Proclamations 9704 and 9705.

On August 29, 2018, Proclamations 9776 and 9777 authorized the Secretary to provide relief from quantitative restrictions (quotas) on steel and aluminum imports established by prior proclamations using the same criteria set forth in Proclamations 9704 and 9705 and further authorized all relief granted to be retroactive to the date the request was accepted by the Department of Commerce.

On September 11, 2018, BIS issued a second interim final rule Submission of Exclusion Requests and Objections to Submitted Requests for Steel and Aluminum (83 FR 46026), which revised the exclusion request process, including the addition of rebuttal and surrebuttal submissions.

On June 10, 2019, BIS issued a third interim final rule Implementation of New Commerce Section 232 Exclusions Portal (84 FR 26751), which transitioned the exclusion request process from the regulations.gov platform to the Section 232 Exclusions Portal.

To further inform the public on how to use the exclusion process BIS has posted website guidance, Frequently Asked Questions, and training videos.

As of March 23, 2020, BIS has received 179,128 exclusion requests, with 157,983 for steel and 21,145 for aluminum. Of those requests, 34,970 Start Printed Page 31442were rejected and 33,297 received objections. BIS has posted 114,009 decisions, with 78,569 exclusions being granted and 25,440 exclusion requests being denied.

BIS is seeking public comment on the appropriateness of the factors considered, and the efficiency and transparency of the process employed, in rendering decisions on requests for exclusions from the tariffs and quotas imposed on imports of steel and aluminum articles.

Specific topics for potential comments include: (1) The information sought on the exclusion request, objection, rebuttal and surrebuttal forms; (2) expanding or restricting eligibility requirements for requestors and objectors; (3) the Section 232 Exclusions Portal; (4) the requirements set forth in Federal Register Notices, 83 FR 12106, 83 FR 46026, and 84 FR 26751; (5) the factors considered in rendering decisions on exclusion requests; (6) the information published with the decisions; (7) the BIS website guidance and training videos; (8) the definition of “product” governing when separate exclusion requests must be submitted; and (9) incorporation of steel and aluminum derivative products into the product exclusion process.

Comments can also address potential revisions to the exclusion process, including, but not limited to: (1) One-year blanket approvals of exclusion requests for product types that have received no objections as of a baseline date (see Annex 1 and 2); (2) one-year blanket denials of exclusion requests for product types that have received 100 percent objection rates and never been granted as of a baseline date (see Annex 3 and 4); (3) time-limited annual or semi-annual windows during which all product-specific exclusion requests and corresponding objections may be submitted and decided; (4) issuing an interim denial memo to requesters who receive a partial approval of their exclusion request until they purchase the domestically available portion of their requested quantity; (5) requiring requestors to make a good faith showing of the need for the product in the requested quantity, as well as that the product will in fact be imported in the quality and amount, and during the time period, to which they attest in the exclusion request (e.g., a ratified contract, a statement of refusal to supply the product by a domestic producer); (6) requiring objectors to submit factual evidence that they can in fact manufacture the product in the quality and amount, and during the time period, to which they attest in the objection; (7) setting a limit on the total quantity of product that a single company could be granted an exclusion for based on an objective standard, such as a specified percentage increase over a three year average; (8) requiring that requesters citing national security reasons as a basis for an exclusion request provide specific, articulable and verifiable facts supporting such assertion (e.g., a Department of Defense contract requiring the product; a letter of concurrence from the head of a U.S. government agency or department that national security necessitates that the product be obtained in the quality, quantity and time frame requested); (9) clarifying that the domestic product is “reasonably available” if it can be manufactured and delivered in a time period that is equal to or less than that of the imported product, as provided by requestor in its exclusion request; (10) requiring that requestors, at the time of submission of their exclusion requests, demonstrate that they have tried to purchase this product domestically; (11) in the rebuttal/surrebuttal phase, requiring that both requestor and objector demonstrate in their filings that they have attempted to negotiate in good faith an agreement on the said product (i.e., producing legitimate commercial correspondence).

Any specific details about the commenters' experience with the exclusion/objection process as background to their comment to this NOI would be helpful.

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Richard E. Ashooh,

Assistant Secretary for Export Administration.

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Annex 1: Steel HTS Codes With 0% Objection Rates

232 Process Statistics—Objection Rate by Steel HTSUS, as of 3/23/20

HTSUS codeHTS descriptionRequestsRequests with objectionsObjection rate (%)Volume requested (mt)Volume with objections (mt)Volume objection rate (%)Percent granted despite objection *
7208370060FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NA STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, HOT-RLD, NOT CLAD/PLATED/COATED, COILS, NOT PCKLD, THK 4.75-10MM, NESOI2045400
7208380015FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NA STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, HOT-RLD, NOT CLAD/PLATED/COATED, COILS, THK 3-4.75MM, HIGH-STRENGTH STL201,00000
7208380030FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NA STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, HOT-RLD, NOT CLAD/PLATED/COATED, COILS, THK 3-4.75MM, UNTRIMMED EDGES4049,00000
7208390015FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NA STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, HOT-RLD, NOT CLAD/PLATED/COATED, COILS, THK < 3MM, HIGH-STRENGTH STL402,00000
7208390090FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NA STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, HOT-RLD, NOT CLAD/PLATED/COATED, COILS, THK < 3MM, NESOI203,59100
7209170030FLAT-RLD IRON/NA STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, COLD-RLD, NOT CLAD/PLATD/COATED, COILS, THK 0.5-1MM, HI-STRENGTH, ANNEALED202,89000
7209270000FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NONALLOY STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, COLD-RLD, NOT CLAD/PLATED/COATED, NOT COILS, THK 0.5-1MM505000
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7209900000FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NONALLOY STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, COLD-RLD, NOT CLAD/PLATED/COATED, WHETHER OR NOT IN COILS, NESOI3301,31900
7210706030FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NA STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, PAINTD/VARNSHD/COATD W/PLASTICS, ELECTROLYTICALLY PLATD/COATD W/ZINC208,50000
7211140090FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NONALLOY STL, WDTH < 600MM, NOT CLAD/PLATED/COATED, HOT-RLD, THK >/= 4.75MM, COILS202000
7211234500FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NONALLOY STL, WDTH < 300MM, NOT CLAD/PLATED/COATED, COLD-RLD, <0.25% CRBN, THK </= 0.25MM1027300
7211296080FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NONALLOY STL, WDTH 300-600MM, NOT CLAD/PLATED/COATED, COLD-RLD, >/= 0.25% CRBN, THK </= 1.25MM70029,95300
7212200000FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NONALLOY STL, WDTH < 600MM, ELECTROLYTICALLY PLATED/COATED WITH ZINC36026,86900
7212600000FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NONALLOY STL, WDTH < 600MM, CLAD, NESOI232011,03100
7213200080BARS/RODS IRON/NONALLOY STL, HOT-RLD, IRR COILS, FREE-CUTTING STL, NESOI4036500
7213913020BARS/RODS IRON/NA STL, IRR COILS, HOT-RLD, CIRC CS <14MM DIAM, NOT TEMPRD/TREATD/PARTLY MFTD, WELDING QUALITY WIRE ROD290149,70000
7215500018OTHER BARS/RODS IRON/NONALLOY STL, COLD-FORMED/FINISHED, NOT COILS, < 0.25% CARBON, DIAM 76-228MM74030000
7215500090OTHER BARS/RODS IRON/NONALLOY STL, COLD-FORMED/FINISHED, NOT COILS, >/= 0.6% CARBON9072000
7216100010U SECTIONS IRON/NONALLOY STL, HOT-ROLLED/DRAWN/EXTRUDED, HEIGHT < 80MM40400
7216330090H SECTIONS IRON/NONALLOY STL, HOT-RLD/DRWN/EXTRD, HEIGHT >/= 80MM, NESOI26049100
7216400010L SECTIONS IRON/NONALLOY STL, HOT-ROLLED/DRAWN/EXTRUDED, HEIGHT >/= 80MM50500
7217104045ROUND WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, NOT PLATED/COATED, < 0.25% CARBON, DIAM < 1.5MM, HEAT-TREATED, NESOI609300
7217104090ROUND WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, NOT PLATED/COATED, < 0.25% CARBON, DIAM < 1.5MM, NOT HEAT-TREATED301,20000
7217106000OTHER WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, NOT PLATED/COATED, < 0.25% CARBON11036,42000
7217107000FLAT WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, NOT PLATED/COATED, >/= 0.25% CARBON500018,35900
7217108025ROUND WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, NOT PLATED/COATED, > 0.6% CARBON, HEAT-TREATED, DIAM < 1.0MM602,34400
7217108030ROUND WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, NOT PLATED/COATED, > 0.6% CARBON, HEAT-TREATED, DIAM 1.0-1.5MM4202,66900
7217108060ROUND WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, NOT PLATED/COATED, > 0.6% CARBON, NOT HEAT-TREATED, DIAM < 1.0MM198012,09200
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7217108075ROUND WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, NOT PLATED/COATED, > 0.6% CARBON, NOT HEAT-TREATED, DIAM 1.0-1.5MM82011,17300
7217108090ROUND WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, NOT PLATED/COATED, > 0.6% CARBON, NOT HEAT-TREATED, DIAM >/= 1.5MM11609,59800
7217109000OTHER WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, NOT PLATED/COATED, >/= 0.25% CARBON, NESOI9905,76800
7217201500FLAT WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, PLATED/COATED WITH ZINC61022,66100
7217204550ROUND WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, PLATED/COATED WITH ZINC, DIAM 1.0-1.5MM, 0.25-0.6% CARBON10200
7217204560ROUND WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, PLATED/COATED WITH ZINC, DIAM 1.0-1.5MM, >/= 0.6% CARBON3803,67800
7217304541ROUND WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, PLATED/COATED W/OTH BASE METALS, DIAM 1.0-1.5MM, < 0.25% CARBON9046300
7217901000Wire, Iron Or Nonalloy Steel, Coated With Plastics4409,54400
7217905030WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, PLATED/COATED, < 0.25% CARBON, NESOI2602,30400
7217905060WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, PLATED/COATED, 0.25-0.6% CARBON, NESOI1504,99900
7217905090WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, PLATED/COATED, >/= 0.6% CARBON, NESOI2102,35500
7218910030SEMIFINISHED STAINLESS STL, RECTANGULAR CROSS SECTION, WDTH < 4X THK, CS AREA >/= 232 CM2103,62200
7219110030FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 600-1575MM, HOT-RLD, COILS, THK > 10MM3403,24100
7219110060FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH > 1575MM, HOT-RLD, COILS, THK > 10MM3904,10700
7219120021FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 1370-1575MM, HOT-RLD, COILS, THK 6.8-10MM1001,18500
7219120026FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH > 1575MM, HOT-RLD, COILS, THK 6.8-10MM50010,63000
7219120051FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 1370-1575MM, HOT-RLD, COILS, THK 4.75-6.8MM1602,13600
7219120071FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 600-1370MM, HOT-RLD, COILS, THK 4.75-10MM, > 0.5% NICKEL, NESOI1301,34100
7219120081FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 600-1370MM, HOT-RLD, COILS, THK 4.75-10MM, NESOI308,62000
7219130081FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 600-1370MM, HOT-RLD, COILS, THK 3-4.75MM, NESOI205400
7219210005FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, HOT-RLD, NOT COILS, THK > 10MM, HIGH-NICKEL ALLOY STL203800
7219220005FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, HOT-RLD, NOT COILS, THK 4.75-10MM, HIGH-NICKEL ALLOY STL6011100
7219220015FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 600-1575MM, HOT-RLD, NOT COILS, THK 4.75-10MM, > 0.5% NICKEL, 1.5-5% MOLYBDENUM10054100
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7219220035FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 600-1575MM, HOT-RLD, NOT COILS, THK 4.75-10MM, > 0.5% NICKEL, NESOI2901,48200
7219220040FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 1575-1880MM, HOT-RLD, NOT COILS, THK 4.75-10MM, > 0.5% NICKEL, NESOI1501,36400
7219240060FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 600-1370MM, HOT-RLD, NOT COILS, THK < 3MM22054300
7219310010FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, COLD-RLD, THK >/= 4.75MM, COILS54011,62100
7219320020FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH >/= 1370MM, COLD-RLD, THK 3-4.75MM, COILS, > 0.5% NICKEL5406,43100
7219320036FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 600-1370MM, COLD-RLD, THK 3-4.75MM, COILS, > 0.5% NICKEL, 1.5-5% MOLYBDENUM1404,34600
7219320038FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 600-1370MM, COLD-RLD, THK 3-4.75MM, COILS, > 0.5% NICKEL, NESOI2001,79800
7219320045FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH >/= 1370MM, COLD-RLD, THK 3-4.75MM, NOT COILS15033200
7219330025FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH >/= 1370MM, COLD-RLD, THK 1-3MM, COILS, </= 0.5% NICKEL2103,97000
7219330042FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 600-1370MM, COLD-RLD, THK 1-3MM, COILS, </= 0.5% NICKEL; > 15% CHROMIUM1502,23600
7219340020FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, COLD-RLD, THK 0.5-1MM, COILS, > 0.5% NICKEL, 1.5-5% MOLYBDENUM901,14000
7219350005FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, COLD-RLD, THK < 0.5MM, COILS, 0.5-24% NICKEL, 1.5-5% MOLYBDENUM1308,11000
7219900060OTHER FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, FURTHER WORKED THAN COLD-RLD, </= 0.5% NICKEL; > 15% CHROMIUM503800
7220121000FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH 300-600MM, HOT-RLD, THK < 4.75MM3206,91600
7220125000FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH < 300MM, HOT-RLD, THK < 4.75MM14085200
7220206010FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH < 300MM, COLD-RLD, THK > 1.25MM, > 0.5% NICKEL, 1.5-5% MOLYBDENUM52018,00500
7220206060FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH < 300MM, COLD-RLD, THK > 1.25MM, </= 0.5% NICKEL; > 15% CHROMIUM2301,05800
7220206080FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH < 300MM, COLD-RLD, THK > 1.25MM, </= 0.5% NICKEL, NESOI101200
7220207060FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH < 300MM, COLD-RLD, THK 0.25-1.25MM, </= 0.5% NICKEL, < 15% CHROMIUM172011,76800
7220208000FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH < 300MM, COLD-RLD, THK </= 0.25MM, RAZOR BLADE STL170063,02100
7220900060OTHER FLAT-ROLLED STAINLESS STL, WDTH < 600MM, FURTH WRKD THAN COLD-RLD, NICKEL CONTENT NESOI, < 15% CHROMIUM56107,21200
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7221000045BARS/RODS STAINLESS STL, HOT-RLD, IRR COILS, NOT HIGH-NICKEL ALLOY, CIRC CS >/= 19MM DIAM114019,04700
7222300001OTHER BARS/RODS STAINLESS STL, FURTH WRKD THAN COLD-FRMD/FNSHD, ELECTROSLAG/VACUUM ARC REMELTED, NESOI39010100
7222403045SHAPES/SECTIONS STAINLESS STL, HOT-RLD, NOT DRILLED/PUNCHED/ADVANCED, MAX CS >/= 80MM4804,38700
7222403085SHAPES/SECTIONS STAINLESS STL, HOT-RLD, NOT DRILLED/PUNCHED/ADVANCED, MAX CROSS SECTION < 80MM4402,20500
7222406000Angles Shapes And Sections Stainless Steel Nesoi62502,94800
7223005000FLAT WIRE OF STAINLESS STEEL17009,89400
7224100005INGOTS AND OTHER PRIMARY FORMS OF HIGH-NICKEL ALLOY STEEL3074300
7225403005FLAT-ROLLED OTH ALLOY STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, HOT-RLD, NOT COILS, THK >/= 4.75MM, HIGH-NICKEL ALLOY STL1000
7225501110FLAT-ROLLED OTH ALLOY STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, COLD-RLD, TOOL STEEL, HIGH-SPEED STL15010300
7225506000FLAT-ROLLED OTH ALLOY STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, COLD-RLD, THK >/= 4.75MM, NESOI6028600
7226918000FLAT-ROLLED OTH ALLOY STL, WDTH < 300MM, HOT-RLD, NOT TOOL STL, THK < 4.75MM14062500
7226923030FLAT-ROLLED OTH ALLOY STL, WDTH < 300MM, COLD-RLD, TOOL STEEL OTH THAN HIGH-SPEED, BALL-BEARING STL2601,60600
7226923060FLAT-ROLLED OTH ALLOY STL, WDTH < 300MM, COLD-RLD, TOOL STEEL OTH THAN HIGH-SPEED, NESOI168019,87400
7226928005FLAT-ROLLED OTH ALLOY STL, WDTH < 300MM, COLD-RLD, NOT TOOL STL, THK > 0.25MM, HIGH-NICKEL ALLOY STL10019900
7226990110FLAT-ROLLED OTH ALLOY STL, WDTH < 600MM, FURTH WRKD THAN COLD-RLD, ELECTROLYTICALLY PLATD/COATD W/ZINC, NESOI606,46100
7227100000BARS/RODS OTH ALLOY STL, HOT-RLD, IRR COILS, HIGH-SPEED STL69305,97600
7227200030BARS/RODS SILICO-MANGANESE STL, IRR COILS, HOT-RLD, WELDING QUALITY WIRE RODS, STAT NOTE 680161,80000
7227901060BARS/RODS TOOL STL (NOT HIGH-SPEED), HOT-RLD, IRR COILS, NOT TEMPRD/TREATD/PARTLY MFTD, NESOI178019,65900
7227906020BARS/RODS OTHER ALLOY STL, IRR COILS, HOT-RLD, NOT TOOL STL, WELDING QUALITY WIRE RODS17017,64600
7228308005OTHER BARS/RODS OTHER ALLOY STL, HOT-ROLLED/DRAWN/EXTRUDED, HIGH-NICKEL ALLOY STL301500
7228501040OTHER BARS/RODS TOOL STL (NOT HIGH-SPEED), COLD-FRMD/FNSHD, MAX CS < 18MM, NESOI35010,13300
7229200015ROUND WIRE SI-MN STL, DIAM </= 1.6MM, < 020% C, > 0.9% MN, > 0.6% SI, FOR ELEC ARC WELDING, NOT PLATD/COATED W/ COPPER101,50000
7229901000FLAT WIRE OF OTHER ALLOY STEEL3001,04500
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7229905016ROUND WIRE OTHER ALLOY STL, DIAM < 1.0MM80042100
7229905031ROUND WIRE OTHER ALLOY STL, DIAM 1.0-1.5MM78062200
7302101015OTHER RAILS IRON/NONALLOY STL, NEW, NOT HEAT TREATED, > 30KG/M3048000
7302101045OTHER RAILS IRON/NONALLOY STL, NEW, HEAT TREATED, > 30KG/M8046500
7302105020RAILS OF ALLOY STEEL, NEW2079600
7302901000SLEEPERS (CROSS-TIES) OF IRON OR STEEL3021,49800
7304243010CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) STAINLESS STL, SEAMLESS, THREADED/COUPLED, OUTSIDE DIAM < 215.9MM, WALL THK < 12.7MM34020,84900
7304243020CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) STAINLESS STL, SEAMLESS, THREADED/COUPLED, OUTSIDE DIAM < 215.9MM, WALL THK >/= 12.7MM2016000
7304243040CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) STAINLESS STL, SEAMLESS, THREADED/COUPLED, OUTSIDE DIAM 215.9-285.8MM, WALL THK >/= 12.7MM2086000
7304244040CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) STAINLESS STL, SEAMLESS, NOT THREADED/COUPLED, OS DIAM 215.9-285.8MM, WALL THK >/= 12.7MM807,85500
7304244060CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) STAINLESS STL, SEAMLESS, NOT THREADED/COUPLED, OS DIAM 285.8-406.4MM, WALL THK >/= 12.7MM205,00000
7304246030TUBING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) STAINLESS STL, SEAMLESS, OUTSIDE DIAM <≠= 114.3MM, WALL THK > 9.5 MM74071,80900
7304293120CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) OTH ALLOY STL, SEAMLESS, THREADED/COUPLED, OS DIAM < 215.9MM, WALL THK >/= 12.7MM401,02800
7304293160CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) OTH ALLOY STL, SEAMLESS, THREADED/COUPLED, OS DIAM 285.8-406.4MM, WALL THK >/= 12.7MM702,62500
7304293180CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) OTH ALLOY STL, SEAMLESS, THREADED/COUPLED, OUTSIDE DIAM > 406.4MM404,50000
7304390002TUBES/PIPES/HLLW PRFLS IRON/NA STL, SMLESS, CIRC CS, NOT COLD-TRTD, SUITABLE FOR BOILERS ETC, OS DIAM < 38.1MM1503,41700
7304390016TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PROFILES IRON/NA STL, SEAMLESS, CIRC CS, NOT COLD-TRTD, GALVANIZED, OS DIAM </= 114.3MM.8021100
7304413005TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PRFLS STAINLESS STL, SEAMLESS, CIRC CS, COLD-DRWN/RLD, EXT DIAM < 19MM, HIGH-NICKEL ALLOY STL5023700
7304515005TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PROFILES OTH ALLOY STL, SEAMLESS, CIRC CS, COLD-DRWN/RLD, HIGH-NICKEL ALLOY STL4404,96500
7304592030TUBES/PIPES/HLLW PRFLS OTH ALLOY STL, SMLESS, CIRC CS, NOT COLD-TRTD, SUITABLE FOR BOILERS ETC, HEAT-RESISTING STL1,0710169,98600
7304592080TUBES/PIPES/H PRFLS ALLOY STL, SMLSS, CIRC CS, NOT COLD-TRTD, SUIT FOR BOILERS ETC, NOT HT-RSST STL, OS DIAM > 406.4MM1,082089,79100
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7304598010TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PROFILES OTH ALLOY STL, SEAMLESS, CIRC CS, NOT COLD-TREATED, OUTSIDE DIAM < 38.1MM, NESOI83019,48700
7304598045TUBES/PIPES/HLLW PRFLS OTH ALLOY STL, SMLESS, CIRC CS, NOT CLD-TRTD, OS DIAM 190.5-285.8MM, WALL THK < 12.7MM, NESOI65084,78300
7304598060TUBES/PIPES/HLLW PRFLS OTH ALLOY STL, SMLESS, CIRC CS, NOT CLD-TRTD, OS DIAM 285.8-406.4MM, WALL THK < 12.7MM, NESOI960119,49900
7304901000TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PROFILES IRON/NONALLOY STL, SEAMLESS, NONCIRCULAR CROSS SECTION, WALL THK >/= 4MM1504,44000
7304905000TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PROFILES IRON/NONALLOY STL, SEAMLESS, NOT CIRCULAR CS, WALL THK < 4MM, NESOI6022300
7305316090OTHER TUBES/PIPES ALLOY STL (NOT STAINLESS), CIRC CS, EXT DIAM > 406.4MM, LONGITUDINALLY WELDED, NESOI701,42100
7305391000OTHER TUBES/PIPES IRON/NONALLOY STL, CIRC CS, EXT DIAM > 406.4MM, WELDED OTH THAN LONGITUDINALLY, NESOI10800
7306191010LINE PIPE (OIL/GAS PIPELINES) IRON/NONALLOY STL, WELDED/RIVETED/SIM CLOSED, OUTSIDE DIAM </= 114.3MM10800
7306213000CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) STAINLESS STL, WELDED, THREADED/COUPLED1040000
7306401010OTH TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PRFLS STAINLESS STL, WELDED, CIRC CS, WALL THK < 1.65MM, < 0.5% NICKEL, 1.5-5% MOLYBDENUM15035800
7306401090OTH TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PRFLS STAINLESS STL, WELDED, CIRC CS, WALL THK < 1.65MM, </= 0.5% NICKEL7605,11700
7306617060OTH TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PROFILES OTH ALLOY STL (NOT STAINLESS), WELDED, SQ/RECT CS, WALL THK < 4MM28050000
7306695000OTH TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PROFILES IRON/NONALLOY STL, WELDED, OTH NONCIRCULAR CS, WALL THK < 4MM4031,50000
7306697060OTH TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PROFILES OTH ALLOY STL (NOT STAINLESS), WELDED, OTH NONCIRCULAR CS, WALL THK < 4MM8032,59400
7306901000OTH TUBES/PIPES/HOLLOW PROFILES IRON/NONALLOY STL, RIVETED/SIMILARLY CLOSED (NOT WELDED), NESOI585023,06500
* Percent of requests granted despite receiving one or more objections, out of the total number of requests with objections and rendered decisions.

Annex 2: Aluminum HTS Codes With 0% Objection Rates

232 Process Statistics—Objection Rate by Aluminum HTSUS, as of 3/23/20

HTSUS codeHTS descriptionRequestsRequests with objectionsObjection rate (%)Volume requested (mt)Volume with objections (mt)Volume objection rate (%)Percent granted despite objection *
7601106030ALUMINUM ALLOY OF GREATER THAN 99.8 PERCENT ALUMINUM3034900
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7601209080ALUMINUM ALLOY, SHEET INGOT (SLAB) OF A KIND DESCRIBED IN STATISTICAL NOTE 3 TO THIS CHAPTER706,88000
7601209095ALUMINUM ALLOY, UNWROUGHT, NESOI10500
7604210000ALUMINUM ALLOY HOLLOW PROFILES76038,72300
7604293090ALUMINUM ALLOY BARS AND RODS HAVING A ROUND CROSS SECTION, NESOI2701,04300
7604295050ALUMINUM ALLOY BARS/RODS HAVING OTHER THAN ROUND CROSS SECTION, HEAT-TREATABLE INDUSTRIAL ALLOYS40500
7604295060ALUMINUM ALLOY BARS A RODS HAVING OTHR THAN ROUND CROSS SCTN W A MAX CROSS-SECTIONAL DIMENSION OF 10MM OR MORE1708500
7604295090ALUMINUM ALLOY BARS AND RODS HAVING OTHER THAN ROUND CROSS SECTION, NESOI2074100
7605290000ALUMINUM WIRE ALLOY OF WHICH THE MAXIMUM CROSS-SECTIONAL DIMENSION IS 7MM OR LESS15020200
7606116000ALUMINUM PLATES SHEETS AND STRIP RECTANGULAR (INCLUDING SQUARE) NOT ALLOYED CLAD, WTH A THICKNESS OVER 0.2MM1802,39000
7606123015ALUMINUM PLATES SHEETS & STRIP RECTANGULAR (INC SQUARE) NOT CLAD,THICKNESS MORE THAN 6.3MM, HIGH-STRENGTH HEAT-TREATABLE ALLOY, STAT NOTE 5, CH 76804400
7607116010ALUMINUM FOIL, BOXED, WEIGHING LT = 11.3 KG, OF A THICKNESS GT 0.01 MM AND LT = 0.15 MM, ROLLED, NOT BACKED801,01500
7607191000ALUMINUM FOIL OF A THICKNESS NOT EXCEEDING 0.2MM NOT BACKED, ETCHED CAPACITOR FOIL22011,35000
7607196000ALUMINUM FOIL NESOI NOT BACKED71023,24400
7607201000ALUMINUM FOIL OF A THICKNESS NOT EXCEEDING 0.2MM BACKED, COVERED OR DECORATED WITH A CHARACTER, DESIGN, FANCY EFFECT OR PATTERN3038900
7607205000ALUMINUM FOIL OF A THICKNESS NOT EXCEEDING 0.2MM BACKED, OTHER THAN COVERED OR DECORATED WITH A CHARACTER, DESIGN, FANCY EFFECT OR PATTERN84041,69600
7608200090TUBES AND PIPES ALUM AL EXCPT SEAMLESS4505,62100
7609000000ALUMINUM TUBE OR PIPE FITTINGS (COUPLINGS, ELBOWS SLEEVES)1,4690188,15700
7616995160ALUMINUM CASTINGS2024200
7616995170ALUMINUM FORGINGS8012,59700
* Percent of requests granted despite receiving one or more objections, out of the total number of requests with objections and rendered decisions.
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Annex 3: Steel HTS Codes With 100% Objection Rates

232 Process Statistics—Objection Rate by Steel HTSUS, as of 3/23/20

HTSUS codeHTS descriptionRequestsRequests with objectionsObjection Rate (%)Volume requested (mt)Volume with objections (mt)Volume objection rate (%)Percent granted despite objection *
7207120010SEMIFINISHED IRON/NONALLOY STL, <0.25% CARBON, RECTANGULAR CROSS SECTION, WDTH <4X THK20201001,128,8151,128,8151000
7208106000FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NA STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, HOT-RLD, NOT CLAD/PLATD/COATD, COILS, PATTERNS IN RELIEF, THK <4.75MM331004994991000
7209160091FLAT-RLD IRON/NA STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, COLD-RLD, NOT CLAD/PLATD/COATED, COILS, THK 1-3MM, NOT HI-STRENGTH, NOT ANNEALED441004,2464,2461000
7209182585FLAT-ROLLD IRON OR NONALLOY STEEL COILS 600MM OR MORE WIDE COLD-RLLD NOT CLAD, PLATED OR COATED, LESS THAN 0.361MM THICK(BLACKPLATE), NESOI221002,7822,7821000
7209186090FLAT-RLD IRON/NA STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, COLD-RLD, NOT CLAD/PLATED/COATED, COILS, THK 0.361-0.5MM, NOT ANNEALED, NESOI2020100666,193666,1931000
7210110000FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NONALLOY STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, PLATED/COATED WITH TIN, THK >/0.5MM9910022,10022,10010011
7210610000FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NONALLOY STL, WDTH >/= 600MM, PLATED/COATED WITH ALUMINUM-ZINC ALLOYS1111100124,100124,10010040
7212303000FLAT-ROLLED IRON/NONALLOY STL, WDTH <300MM, PLATED/COATED WITH ZINC (NOT ELECTROLYTICALLY), THK <25MM111001,8001,8001000
7217104040ROUND WIRE IRON/NONALLOY STL, NOT PLATED/COATED, <0.25% CARBON, DIAM <1.5MM, HEAT-TREATED, COILS WGHT </= 2KG331002,0802,0801000
7218990090SEMIFINISHED STAINLESS STL, CROSS SECTION OTHER THAN RECT/SQ/CIRC, NESOI111001,8141,8141000
7226119060FLAT-ROLLED OTH ALLOY STL, WDTH <300MM, SILICON ELECTRICAL STL, GRAIN-ORIENTED, THK >0.25MM111001301301000
7226191000FLAT-ROLLED OTH ALLOY STL, WDTH 300-600MM, SILICON ELECTRICAL STL, NOT GRAIN-ORIENTED331006,8526,8521000
7304292020CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) IRON/NA STL, SEAMLESS, NOT THREADED/COUPLED, OS DIAM <215.9MM, WALL THK >/= 12.7MM3310018,00018,0001000
7304292030CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) IRON/NA STL, SEAMLESS, NOT THREADED/COUPLED, OS DIAM 215.9-285.8MM, WALL THK <12.7MM1212100200,153200,1531000
7304292050CASING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) IRON/NA STL, SEAMLESS, NOT THREADED/COUPLED, OS DIAM 285.8-406.4MM, WALL THK <12.7MM4410035,00035,0001000
7304295045TUBING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) IRON/NONALLOY STL, SEAMLESS, OUTSIDE DIAM 114.3-215.9MM221005,0005,0001000
7304390006TUBES/PIPES/HLLW PRFLS IRON/NA STL, SMLESS, CIRC CS, NOT COLD-TRTD, SUITABLE FOR BOILERS ETC, OS DIAM 190.5-285.8MM111004,0004,0001000
7304390008TUBES/PIPES/HLLW PRFLS IRON/NA STL, SMLESS, CIRC CS, NOT COLD-TRTD, SUITABLE FOR BOILERS ETC, OS DIAM >285.8MM111004,0004,0001000
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7306195110LINE PIPE (OIL/GAS PIPELINES) ALLOY STL, WELDED/RIVETED/SIM CLOSED, OUTSIDE DIAM3310060601000
7306298110OTHER TUBING (OIL/GAS DRILLING) OTH ALLOY STL, WELDED/RIVETED/SIMILARLY CLOSED, IMPORTED WITH COUPLING221005735731000
* Percent of requests granted despite receiving one or more objections, out of the total number of requests with objections and rendered decisions.

Annex 4: Aluminum HTS Codes With 100% Objection Rates

232 Process Statistics—Objection Rate by Aluminum HTSUS, as of 3/23/20

HTSUS codeHTS descriptionRequestsRequests with objectionsObjection rate (%)Volume requested (mt)Volume with objections (mt)Volume objection rate (%)Percent granted despite objection *
7606123055ALUMINUM ALLOY CAN STOCK, NOT CLAD, LID STOCK3310045,00045,00010033
* Percent of requests granted despite receiving one or more objections, out of the total number of requests with objections and rendered decisions.
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