CIT injunctions prompt surge in challenges to extended Section 232 duties

Challenges to the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminium derivatives are proliferating at the Court of International Trade (CIT) since Chief Judge Timothy Stanceu granted temporary preliminary injunctions in two separate cases last month.

By Tuesday March 3, nine complaints had been filed with the court against the new 232 tariffs on derivative products announced January 24.

The challenge to the legality of the new tariffs began with a case brought on February 4 by PrimeSource Building Products of Irving, Texas. On February 13, the CIT granted the company temporary relief from the duties. 
“This is a positive step for US importers affected by derivative products,” Mark R. Ludwikowski, leader of the international trade practice at Washington-based Clark Hill LLC, said. “It has opened up an avenue for them to try get similar relief.”

The cases brought before the CIT have focused on imports of nails, tacks, drawing pins, corrugated nails, staples and similar articles of iron or steel.

Following the implementation of the initial 232 duties in 2018, Mid-Continent Steel & Wire sought an exclusion from those duties...

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Robert England

March 05, 2020

21:33 GMT

New York