GAO Blasts Commerce's Steel, Aluminum Exclusion Process

Law360 (September 15, 2020, 10:13 PM EDT) -- A federal watchdog report published Tuesday highlights lingering concerns over the U.S. Department of Commerce's system for vetting requests for steel and aluminum tariff exclusions, pointing to ongoing timeliness issues and scant attention to the measures' economic impact.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Commerce has made only limited progress toward improving the exclusion process since rolling out its first request form in March 2018, when the Trump administration imposed a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum after deeming those imports a threat to national security. However, the GAO found that the department continued to reject a...

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