Last week the U.S. Trade Representative issued the following press release.
Commerce Launches New 232 Exclusions Portal
June 13, 2019
Washington, DC: The U.S. Department of Commerce announced today the launch of its new 232 Exclusions Portal for processing new steel and aluminum exclusion requests, which is located at https://232app.azurewebsites.net/steelalum. The 232 Exclusions Portal will streamline the exclusion process and result in faster decisions for industry on their exclusion requests.
Further, the public will now be able to easily view all exclusion request, objection, rebuttal, and sur-rebuttal documents in a centralized web-based system. The Portal features enhanced search capabilities that allow users to filter exclusion requests and related filings by categories such as company name and product type. In addition, the 232 Exclusions Portal will provide transparency to external parties through a real-time decision-status tracking mechanism. The Department has also streamlined its coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ensure that all exclusion requests posted on the 232 Exclusions Portal are identified by Harmonized Tariff Schedule codes that are administrable by CBP.
For organizations that submitted exclusion requests prior to June 13, 2019 via www.regulations.gov, filings relating to these exclusions requests, including objections, rebuttals, and sur-rebuttals, will continue to be posted on www.regulations.gov until a decision is issued. All exclusion requests filed on or after June 13, 2019 must be submitted through the new Exclusions Portal at https://232app.azurewebsites.net/steelalum.
A comprehensive external user guide and Frequently Asked Questions, as well as a link to the 232 exclusions Portal, is available at https://www.commerce.gov/page/section-232-investigations. For 232 Exclusions Portal technical questions, contact (202) 482-3203 or 232ExclusionsPortal@bis.doc.gov.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Office of Public Affairs
Bureau of Industry and Security
U.S. Department of Commerce
Phone: + (1) 202.482.0224