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Understanding the Section 232 National Security Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

Three months after taking office, as part of his “America First” policy, President Trump directed U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, to undertake an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, of whether imports of steel and aluminum (including downstream products) threaten the national security of the United States. Secretary Ross complied with the directive and, in a rare move, the Department of Commerce self-initiated the Section 232 investigations.

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