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Commerce Department

(In Trade)
July 19, 2018

“If countermeasures were to be imposed by your allies in the context of the auto sector, the number of U.S. jobs lost would rise from 195,000 to 624,000 high-paying manufacturing jobs. These jobs could be lost to the U.S. forever.”


(Daily News)
July 19, 2018

If the Trump administration hits Seoul with tariffs as a result of its Section 232 autos investigation, the amended U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement “becomes meaningless,” Korea’s minister of trade, industry and energy said on Thursday.


(Daily News)
July 19, 2018

During the first half of a daylong Section 232 hearing on the national security implications of auto and auto parts imports, U.S. government officials focused their questions to representatives of the U.S. auto industry on rising imports of technology related to electric vehicles as well as increasing import penetration of foreign autos and parts.


(Daily News)
July 19, 2018

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week addressed the U.S. reliance on foreign sources for critical minerals, with some members expressing concern that Trump administration tariffs could reduce access to key inputs for technology products.


(In Trade)
July 18, 2018

In early July, the European Parliament called on the  European Commission to suspend the arrangement on Sept. 1 unless the U.S. improved its compliance.


(Daily News)
July 18, 2018

Disputing the idea that imports of autos and auto parts pose a national security threat, more than 140 lawmakers are urging the Trump administration to use taxpayer dollars on “other endeavors."


(Daily News)
July 18, 2018

The Commerce Department on Wednesday initiated a Section 232 investigation into the national security implications of uranium imports, a probe requested in January by two U.S. uranium mining companies.


(In Trade)
July 17, 2018

Reichert: “Our witnesses will describe the damage they are experiencing firsthand as they struggle through this cumbersome process.”


(Daily News)
July 17, 2018

Automakers operating in the U.S. will meet this week with lawmakers and congressional staff members to push Congress to take a harder line on the administration’s Section 232 probe into imports of autos and auto parts.


(Daily News)
July 16, 2018

Companies from the natural gas and oil industry are decrying the Commerce Department's Section 232 steel product exclusion process, arguing that the department has been “arbitrary” and unclear in deciding whether to grant or exclude certain steel products from a newly imposed 25 percent tariff.


(In Trade)
July 13, 2018

Only 45 requests to testify were received; auto groups and officials from the EU, Mexico, Canada, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, South Africa and Taiwan are slated to appear.


(Daily News)
July 12, 2018

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) plans to introduce legislation to reform the Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 by tightening its definition of national security and giving Congress a larger role in assessing proposed moves against allies.


(Daily News)
July 11, 2018

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a non-binding motion to restore congressional authority over tariffs enacted to protect national security.


(In Trade)
July 10, 2018

A former leadership staffer said that while the vote could be considered symbolic, “symbolic votes can have value in an environment where substance is largely devalued.”


(Daily News)
July 10, 2018

The Commerce Department is considering a list of proposed policy changes aimed at strengthening the enforcement of U.S. trade laws -- though some trade lawyers argue they could be overly restrictive for foreign exporters.


(In Trade)
July 10, 2018

Last year the case prompted the European Union to “intervene” out of concern about what it said could be “unjustified” duties and a dangerous precedent.


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