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CIT Ruling Reining In Trump Tariffs Offers Hope For Importers

Law360 (July 15, 2020, 8:15 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of International Trade set clear limits on the Trump administration's use of national security tariffs this week, offering a sliver of hope for companies seeking to challenge the unilateral levies in other cases.

A three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that while the president has broad authority to restrict trade for national security reasons under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, he has to hew to the law's clearly delineated timelines, which allow the president a total of 105 days to act after the U.S. Department of Commerce completes its security assessment.

"Section 232 grants the president great,...

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