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Although my colleagues have written in detail exploring the specifics of the Section 232 investigations in steel and aluminum, recently completed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, it is worth considering the likely outcomes. This is particularly true for aluminum, because the production market is not as integrated as it is for steel. Often, primary...
This morning in metals news, the U.S. this week announced a new Section 232 probe investigating automotive imports, the specter of auto tariffs looms over Europe and Asia, and Mexico’s economy minister opines on the chances of a deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) before the July Mexican presidential election. Need buying...
The Department of Commerce released both the process and requirements for the submission of exclusions for the steel and aluminum Section 232 proclamations made public on March 8, 2018. Need buying strategies for steel? Try two free months of MetalMiner’s Outlook As published in the Federal Register, the Secretary of Commerce has the authority to...
This morning in metals news, the still-pending Section 232 investigations into steel and aluminum imports, raw steel production is up 2.7% in the U.S. year-over-year and aluminum has reached its highest point in 2.5 years. Uncertainty Growing in Aluminum Market It’s not exactly surprising that some in the aluminum and steel industries are feeling anxious...
The U.S. steel industry upped its production levels during the week ending July 22. Benchmark Your Current Metal Price by Grade, Shape and Alloy: See How it Stacks Up In total, U.S. raw steel manufacturers produced 1.77 million net tons for that week, according to weekly data from the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)....
If you’re in the metals industry, you have likely been waiting a long time for word from the White House on what the president will do vis-a-vis the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Section 232 investigations of aluminum and steel imports. Section 232 buying strategies – grab a copy of MetalMiner’s Section 232 Investigation Impact Report today! The...
When the Department of Commerce announced  last month that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross had forwarded his Section 232 steel report (and the following week, aluminum) to President Donald Trump, the details of the report were not made public. Section 232 buying strategies – download MetalMiner’s Section 232 Investigation Impact Report today! That changed Friday,...
This evening in metals news, President Donald Trump indicated yesterday Section 232 might be going on the backburner, data show a sharp rise in steel imports during June and a new report predicts the 3-D printing metals market will be worth $12 billion by 2028. Benchmark Your Current Metal Price by Grade, Shape and Alloy: See How it...
  A little over two weeks ago, the MetalMiner team released its Section 232 Investigation Impact Report in response to President Trump’s initial announcement regarding the intention to impose tariffs of 25% and 10% on steel and aluminum, respectively. Of course, time marches on and so, too, does the news. Since then, the announcement became...
This morning in metals news, Gillette gets a break from the U.S.’s Section 232 steel tariff, Century Aluminum strikes a deal to keep its Charleston smelter going through at least 2020 and Indian steel mills are increasingly looking outside the country for iron ore. Need buying strategies for steel? Request your two-month free trial of...
This morning in metals news, the E.U. is reportedly getting ready for the U.S. Section 232 tariffs to go into effect, U.S. raw steel production was up last week and Rio Tinto asked the Mongolian government to fulfill contract stipulations related to the firm’s copper mining project in the country. Need buying strategies for steel?...
(Editor’s Note: In case you missed the previous installments of this series, check out Part 1 and Part 2.) What About the Impact on U.S. Production? First, the recommendations from the Department of Commerce apply to both primary (or upstream) and downstream production. The upstream production refers to unwrought production, while downstream production consists of...
Last week, the Department of Commerce released the reports accompanying the Section 232 investigations for both aluminum and steel products. The Department of Commerce initiated the investigations last April under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which grants the president the ability, along with his Department of Commerce, to determine whether certain...
It’s been five months and a day since President Donald Trump signed a memorandum calling for Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to prioritize the Section 232 investigation that would assess whether steel imports posed a national security risk. Benchmark Your Current Metal Price by Grade, Shape and Alloy: See How it Stacks Up Many expected...
The U.S. Department of Commerce launched a new investigation, under the aegis of the little-used but now ubiquitous Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, this time investigating imports of automobiles and automotive components. Need buying strategies for steel? Try two free months of MetalMiner’s Outlook Unsurprisingly, while no decisions have been made...
This morning in metals news, the clock is ticking on the E.U.’s temporary exemption from the U.S.’s steel and aluminum tariffs, global steel output is up, and Germany gets ready for the tariffs to go into effect Friday. Tariff Exemption Deadline June 1 Draws Near The European Union was granted a 30-day extension to its...
The Trump administration’s Section 232 investigation led to new steel and aluminum tariffs on China, but an even bigger trade decision is looming. Need buying strategies for steel? Try two free months of MetalMiner’s Outlook In August 2017, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) launched a Section 301 probe, which sought to assess...
This morning in metals news, the Department of Commerce launched another Section 232 investigation, the Section 232 auto probe hearings kicked off earlier this morning and Turkish steel production increased during the first six months of the year. Need buying strategies for steel? Try two free months of MetalMiner’s Outlook Commerce Launches Uranium Investigation As...
As my colleague Sydney Lazarus reported yesterday, even though the European Union has a temporary exemption from the U.S.’s Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, it is demanding compensation at the World Trade Organization as shown in a filing by that trade body two days ago, according to Reuters. The EU is arguing that...
This morning in metals news, the chairman of the Japan Iron and Steel Federation warns that U.S. tariffs on its steel imports could lead to retaliation, copper hit its five-month high and aluminum producer Norsk Hydro expects 2017 to present a balanced aluminum market. Benchmark Your Current Metal Price by Grade, Shape and Alloy: See How it...