The Trump administration has announced that the additional 25% and 10% tariffs on steel and aluminum are now in effect for the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico. The decision was made public yesterday, just hours before the temporary exemptions for the three parties were set to expire.

The exemptions were originally granted on a conditional basis as the United States negotiated certain trade topics with the EU, Canada, and Mexico. According to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, there wasn’t enough progress made in the trade talks to warrant extended or permanent exemptions.

All three parties have responded to the announcement. The EU is preparing to impose retaliatory tariffs this month on $3 billion in American goods, including products such as bourbon, Levi’s jeans, and Harley-Davidson Inc. motorcycles. Mexico has similarly announced that it will establish tariffs on flat steel, prepared meat products, cheeses, and much more. Earlier in the week, Canada stated that it would react “appropriately” to any tariffs.

In the meantime, the EU is attempting to join China in a case at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to dispute the tariffs.

Commerce Secretary Ross stated that the U.S. is looking forward to “continued negotiations” and that there’s still “flexibility” in the future for President Trump to modify the tariffs or enact quotas.

Many importers might be wondering, ‘What should I do operationally?” Importers are required to utilize the same procedures that they have been using for making entry on Chinese steel and aluminum products since March 23, 2018, in order to submit compliant import declarations.

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