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On August 10, a Presidential Proclamation was issued regarding steel articles covered by Section 232 from Turkey. Steel articles imported from Turkey are subject to an ad valorem duty rate of 50% effective August 13, 2018. The increased rate of duty is applicable to goods entered for consumption or withdrawn from a warehouse for consumption. Importers are to include the classification "9903.80.02 (50% ad valorem duty rate for products of iron and steel that are the product of Turkey)" in addition to the regular Chapter 72 or 73 classifications.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on March 29th that it has directed personnel at all U.S. ports of entry to begin seizing disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by Top Glove Corporation Bhd. (Top Glove). The CBP Office of Trade published a forced labor finding against disposable gloves produced in Malaysia by Top Glove in the Customs Bulletin and in the Federal Register. The finding communicates that CBP has sufficient information to believe that Top Glove uses forced labor in the production of disposable gloves. Merchandise covered by the forced labor finding is subject to seizure upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry.
The U.S. Trade Representative has modified the actions being taken in the investigation of civil aircraft dispute on European products. The 15% tariffs on civil aircraft and 25% tariffs on approx. 150 tariff lines of products including liquor, Italian food and beverages, lenses, Greek yogurt, Spanish pork, and more were lifted at 12:01 a.m. March 11, and will remain suspended until midnight July 10.
Exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariffs on imports from China for 99 medical care products needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic are being extended through Sept. 30, 2021. These exclusions were scheduled to expire March 31; however, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has determined that these items are needed to combat the pandemic.