Gov't Exempted From Security Tariff Transparency Rule

By Alex Lawson (September 23, 2021, 12:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday unveiled a new rule requiring companies seeking national security tariffs to issue public copies of their requests, but exempted government agencies from the same transparency requirements.

Commerce's rule enacts procedural changes to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which authorizes the government to impose tariffs on imports deemed a threat to national security. Under the rule, companies seeking tariff relief under Section 232 must do so publicly, allowing for certain redactions of sensitive information.

The changes in the rule, set for final publication Friday, "will improve public transparency of the Section...

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