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Washington looks to up enforcement action on steel, aluminum imports

Thefabricator - The House passed an amendment supporting adequate funding for the U.S. Department of Commerce in the next fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2020. This agency is charged with approving tariffs and countervailing duties.

More specifically, it is the International Trade Administration’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance (E&C) that takes on those responsibilities. Apparently congressional pressure motivated E&C to publish a proposed rule that would make it easier for the office to act against imports being dumped in the U.S. or unfairly subsidized by a foreign government.

Undoubtedly, the focus would be on imports of aluminum and steel. E&C has been turning up the heat on those imports in recent months. For example, in August the office indicated that preliminary determinations suggested imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from Bahrain, Brazil, India, and Turkey were benefiting from unfair government subsidies.

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