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Thailand Secures Pipe Shipment Exemption

Written by Sandy Williams

Thailand was granted a tariff exemption for steel pipe exports to the United States, but only on a shipment basis, said Wanchai Varavithya, deputy director-general of the Commerce Ministry’s Foreign Trade Department.

Said Wanchai, “Although the U.S. Department of Commerce has yet to grant a waiver on import tariffs for all shipments from Thailand, exporters can ask for an exemption for each shipment. This is good news for Thailand.”

Steel from Thailand accounts for only a small percentage of U.S. steel imports, but the country stands to lose 383,496 metric tons of steel pipe, cold-rolled steel and galvanized steel exports as a result of the Section 232 tariffs, according to the Bangkok Post.

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