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Understanding Trump’s National Security Tariffs

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Understanding Trump’s National Security Tariffs: Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962

Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 authorizes the President, after investigation by the Department of Commerce, to “adjust” imports determined to threaten the national security. In March 2018, President Trump imposed a 25% duty on steel and a 10% duty on aluminum. Most countries are covered by these tariffs but some have negotiated quotas with the United States. National security tariffs are now looming for automobiles and auto parts, and section 232 investigations are underway for uranium and titanium sponge.

Two expert panels will examine:
- The arcane law and its limits as tested by litigation.
- Proposed legislation to restrict the President’s authority.
- The steel and aluminum tariffs and the product exclusion process, and how these have impacted US manufacturers and global supply chains.
- The effect of such tariffs on the auto industry.
- The impact on the negotiation of free trade agreements.


Panel 1: The Law and Its Limits

Marc Busch, Georgetown University
Alan Morrison, George Washington University
Vanessa Sciarra, National Foreign Trade Council
Katherine Tai, US House of Representatives (invited)

Moderator: Evelyn Suarez, The Suarez Firm


Panel 2: Collateral Damage or Unintended Consequences

Catherine Boland, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
Mike Dankler, US House of Representatives
Carrie Goodge O’Brien, Embassy of Canada
Christine McDaniel, Mercatus Center - GMU
Paul Nathanson, Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users

Moderator: Scott Blacklin, VA/DC DEC


    Organizers: GW-CIBER, Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT), VA/DC District Export Council


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