Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs
Section 232 investigations are a tool used by the executive branch to help determine the effects of imports on America’s national security. On March 8, 2018, President Trump signed two proclamations imposing a 10% tariff on aluminum imports and a 25% tariff on steel imports based on a Department of Commerce report stating that “domestic production capability [of steel and aluminum] is essential for defense requirements and critical infrastructure needs and ultimately to the national security of the United States.” The Section 232 tariffs are managed by the Department of Commerce.
Section 301 Report on Global State of Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement – Targeting China
On March 22, 2018, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to impose tariffs on imports from China based on findings from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Section 301 investigation report which determined that China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are “unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce.”
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