No Injunction Against 232 Duties

Yes, I know it has been a while. Trust me, I feel the guilt of not posting. At the Georgetown update last month, someone actually asked me "What happened to the Customs Law Blog?" That hurt. Like most people in the customs and trade field, it has been an extraordinarily busy time. But I digress and wallow in self pity.The Court of International Trade has denied a motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to prevent the U.S. from imposing a 25% duty on imported steel under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The case is Severstal v. U.S. This is the first of what will likely be many challenges to the 232 duties in U.S. courts and at the WTO.Under the Act, the Commerce Department studied whether imported steel presented a threat to U.S. national security. A similar study on aluminum was running on a parallel track. The report found that the availability of steel is important to national security and that the combination of imports and excess foreign…

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