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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On 10 July 2013, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the United States announced in the Federal Register that it was seeking comments regarding the continued need, in whole or in part, for the general waivers from Buy American rules for manufactured products; for ferry boat equipment; and for pig iron and processed, pelletized, and reduced iron ores. These waivers have been in effect since 1983, 1994, and 1995, respectively. The FHWA is also seeking comment on the continuing need for the FHWA's minimal use threshold (currently established at $2,500 or 1/10 of 1 percent of the total contract value, whichever is greater).
 
The FHWA's Buy America policy requires a domestic manufacturing process for any steel or iron products (including protective coatings) that are permanently incorporated into a Federal-aid highway construction project. Exceptions to Buy America are provided in certain instances. The FHWA has issued three general waivers from Buy America. These waivers pertain to manufactured products, ferry boat equipment, and pig iron and processed, pelletized, and reduced iron ores, and have been in effect since 1983, 1994, and 1995, respectively. With this notice, the FHWA is seeking comment regarding whether these waivers continue to be necessary, in whole or in part, and, if so, what limits should be placed on these waivers. Additionally, FHWA's regulations permit the incorporation of foreign steel and iron into a project if the cost of such items does not exceed one-tenth of one percent (0.1 percent) of the total contract cost or $2,500, whichever is greater. The FHWA is also seeking comment on the continuing need for the provision and, if so, whether the threshold is appropriate.
 

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

141 Iron ores & concentrates, other than roasted iron pyrites
2601 Iron ores and concentrates, including roasted iron pyrites.
260111 Nonagglomerated
260112 Agglomerated
411 Basic iron & steel
7201 Pig iron and spiegeleisen in pigs, blocks or other primary forms.
720110 Nonalloy pig iron containing by weight 0.5 % or less of phosphorus
493 Ships
8901 Cruise ships, excursion boats, ferryboats, cargo ships, barges and similar vessels for the transport of persons or goods.
890110 Cruise ships, excursion boats and similar vessels principally designed for the transport of persons; ferryboats of all kinds

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