IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

National

AFFECTED FLOW

Inflow

ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARY

No

NON-TRADE-RELATED RATIONALE

No

ELIGIBLE FIRMS

all

JUMBO

No

TARIFF PEAK

No
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Inception date: No inception date

Local sourcing

On January 24, 2017 President Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders and presidential memoranda to expedite high-priority energy and infrastructure projects. These include approving the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada and approvals for the remaining portions of the Dakota Access Pipeline from North Dakota, both of which had been blocked for environmental reasons by the Obama administration.
 
This order was accompanied by a memo from the president to the secretary of commerce directing him to follow a strict Buy American policy. The memo provided in relevant part that the secretary is to develop "in consultation with all relevant executive departments and agencies" a plan "under which all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired, or expanded pipelines, inside the borders of the United States, including portions of pipelines, use materials and equipment produced in the United States, to the maximum extent possible and to the extent permitted by law. The Secretary shall submit the plan to the President within 180 days of the date of this memorandum." Press reports subsequently indicated that the Keystone pipeline may not actually fall within the scope of this order insofar as construction had already begun on it.
 
The Department of Commerce followed up on March 16, 2017 by publishing a request for comments on the implementation of this order. It seeks information to enhance its understanding of current pipeline construction technology and requirements; potential advances in pipeline technology; domestic and foreign supply chain for pipeline materials; and all other information considered pertinent to the development of Commerce's domestic sourcing plan.

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

412 Products of iron or steel
7303 Tubes, pipes and hollow profiles, of cast iron.
730300 Tubes, pipes and hollow profiles, of cast iron.
7304 Tubes, pipes and hollow profiles, seamless, of iron (other than cast iron) or steel.
730411 Of stainless steel
730419 Other
730423 Other drill pipe
730424 Other, of stainless steel
730429 Other
730431 Colddrawn or coldrolled (coldreduced)
730439 Other
730441 Colddrawn or coldrolled (coldreduced)
730449 Other
730451 Colddrawn or coldrolled (coldreduced)
730459 Other
730490 Other
7305 Other tubes and pipes (for example, welded, riveted or similarly closed), having circular crosssections, the external diameter of which exceeds 406.4 mm, of iron or steel.
730511 Longitudinally submerged arc welded
730512 Other, longitudinally welded
730519 Other
730520 Casing of a kind used in drilling for oil or gas
730531 Longitudinally welded
730539 Other
730590 Other
7306 Other tubes, pipes and hollow profiles (for example, open seam or welded, riveted or similarly closed), of iron or steel.
730611 Welded, of stainless steel
730619 Other
730629 Other
730630 Other, welded, of circular crosssection, of iron or nonalloy steel
730640 Other, welded, of circular crosssection, of stainless steel
730650 Other, welded, of circular crosssection, of other alloy steel
730661 Of square or rectangular crosssection
730669 Of other noncircular crosssection
730690 Other

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