There was an interesting article in World Trade Today this afternoon regarding the expectations associated with the Section 232 investigation and the report that will be provided to President Trump by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the weekend or early next week. WTT reported, “While the final steel report is expected to be delivered to the White House next week, a public release of its findings is highly unlikely,” a source said. “There may be some sort of public acknowledgment, but I doubt the content of the report will be disclosed this month.”
The key takeaway from what I have been reading is those of you anticipating some form of closure next week may be in for a disappointment. There are some who think the president may act at, or around, his State of the Union address, which is scheduled for Jan. 30.
An unclassified report has to be published in the Federal Register. However, there is no deadline for that to happen.
It appears that the finding of a need for a strong steel industry being crucial to the nation’s national security is a foregone conclusion. The question is what will the remedy be? It appears that is not as easy to answer as the administration may have thought when they ordered the report.
Trump has 90 days after receiving the report to announce his decision.
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