Court Upholds Steel Tariffs

The U.S. Court of International Trade has upheld the tariffs on steel imports, imposed by the Trump Administration in March 2018 under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Universal Steel Products and its co-plaintiffs filed a four-count amended complaint in December 2019 alleging that the proclamations relating to the steel tariffs violated various procedural requirements of Section 232.

The judges concluded that Proclamation 9705 and its subsequent modifications do not violate the statute, affirming the government’s ability to impose tariffs due to national security. The Court granted the government’s motion for judgment on the pleadings and denied the plaintiffs’ cross-motion for partial summary judgment.

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