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Types of Tariffs – Section 201, Section 232, & Section 301

Update on Recent Tariffs and Their Implications in 2024

In recent years, there have been several waves of tariffs imposed by the U.S. government, which have significantly impacted various industries. Understanding these tariffs, their justifications, and their implications is crucial for businesses navigating international trade. Here is a summary of the key tariffs and their effects:

Section 201 Tariffs

Overview: Section 201 tariffs, initiated in February 2018, derive their authority from the Trade Act of 1974. These tariffs are designed to protect U.S. industries that claim to be harmed by foreign imports. Implementation: The initial products affected were solar cells, panels, and washing machines, with specific exclusions. Drawback Eligibility: Products subjected to Section 201 tariffs are eligible for drawback refunds if they are exported.

Section 232 Tariffs

Overview: Announced on March 23, 2018, Section 232 tariffs are rooted in the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. These tariffs are imposed for national security reasons, aiming to reduce the importation of steel and aluminum to ensure domestic production capacity. Implementation: These tariffs cover nearly all steel and aluminum products imported into the U.S., with no exemptions for close trade partners, including Canada. Drawback Eligibility: Section 232 tariffs are not eligible for drawback refunds, regardless of whether the products are exported or destroyed.

Section 301 Tariffs

Overview: The largest wave of tariffs, Section 301, stems from the Trade Act of 1974. These tariffs target products originating from China to address unfair trade practices. Implementation: Three tranches of products were identified, eventually encompassing over $200 billion in imports from China. Drawback Eligibility: Products subjected to Section 301 tariffs are eligible for drawback refunds when exported.

These tariffs have created a complex landscape for businesses involved in international trade. To understand how these tariffs may affect your operations, please contact our SVP of Sales, Andrew Galloway, at agalloway@jmrodgers.com or (973) 726-5340.

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