INVESTIGATION PROGRESS

Date Status
18 Jul 2018 Preliminary duty
26 Mar 2018 Initiation

IMPLEMENTATION LEVEL

Supranational

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: 19 Jul 2018 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Safeguard

The safeguard investigation on imports of certain steel products was initiated on 26 March 2017. The Commission noted that "The investigation will examine the situation of the products concerned, including the situation of each of the product categories individually, also based on the most recent developments, such as any trade diversion resulting from the US measures."

The investigation follows the EU Commission´s determination that "... there is sufficient evidence to justify the initiation of an investigation".

On 28 June 2018, the European Commission issued a notice amending the products' HS code subheadings concerning product category number 1, 4 and 7. For product category 1, non-alloy and other alloy hot-rolled sheets and strips, HS codes 7208 52 10, 7208 53 10 and 7211 13 00 are included in the product classification. For product category 4, metallic coated sheets, HS code 7225 99 00 is included in the product classification. For product category 7, non-alloy and other alloy quarto plates, HS code 7225 99 00 was removed from the product classification. Additionally, the notice includes two new steel product categories in the safeguard investigation. These are non-alloy and other alloy cold finished bars (product category 27) and non-alloy wire (product category 28). The new products subject to investigation are classified under the following HS code subheadings: 7215 10 00, 7215 50 11, 7215 50 19, 7215 50 80, 7228 10 90, 7228 20 99, 7228 50 20, 7228 50 40, 7228 50 61, 7228 50 69, 7228 50 80, 7217 10 10, 7217 10 31, 7217 10 39, 7217 10 50, 7217 10 90, 7217 20 10, 7217 20 30, 7217 20 50, 7217 20 90, 7217 30 41, 7217 30 49, 7217 30 50, 7217 30 90, 7217 90 20, 7217 90 50, and 7217 90 90.

On 19 July 2018, the European Commission imposed a provisional safeguard duty on imports of certain steel products classified under 28 product categories. The rate of duty is 25% and is imposed when the specified import tariff quota is exhausted or the given product category does not benefit from a tariff quota. The tariff quota volume is specified in Annex V and varies depending on the product category. The duty is in force for a period of 200 days. A number of developing countries are exempt from the provisional duty. The Resolution imposing provisional duties was issued on 18 July 2018.

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AFFECTED SECTORS AND PRODUCTS

412 Products of iron or steel
7208 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, hotrolled, not clad, plated or coated.
720810 In coils, not further worked than hotrolled, with patterns in relief
720825 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more
720826 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more but less than 4.75 mm
720827 Of a thickness of less than 3 mm
720836 Of a thickness exceeding 10 mm
720837 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more but not exceeding 10 mm
720838 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more but less than 4.75 mm
720839 Of a thickness of less than 3 mm
720840 Not in coils, not further worked than hotrolled, with patterns in relief
720851 Of a thickness exceeding 10 mm
720852 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more but not exceeding 10 mm
720853 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more but less than 4.75 mm
720854 Of a thickness of less than 3 mm
720890 Other
7209 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, coldrolled (coldreduced), not clad, plated or coated.
720915 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more
720916 Of a thickness exceeding 1 mm but less than 3 mm
720917 Of a thickness of 0.5 mm or more but not exceeding 1 mm
720918 Of a thickness of less than 0.5 mm
720925 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more
720926 Of a thickness exceeding 1 mm but less than 3 mm
720927 Of a thickness of 0.5 mm or more but not exceeding 1 mm
720928 Of a thickness of less than 0.5 mm
720990 Other
7210 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more, clad, plated or coated.
721011 Of a thickness of 0.5 mm or more
721012 Of a thickness of less than 0.5 mm
721020 Plated or coated with lead, including terneplate
721030 Electrolytically plated or coated with zinc
721041 Corrugated
721049 Other
721050 Plated or coated with chromium oxides or with chromium and chromium oxides
721061 Plated or coated with aluminiumzinc alloys
721069 Other
721070 Painted, varnished or coated with plastics
721090 Other
7211 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm, not clad, plated or coated.
721113 Rolled on four faces or in a closed box pass, of a width exceeding 150 mm and a thickness of not less than 4 mm, not in coils and without patterns in relief
721114 Other, of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more
721119 Other
721123 Containing by weight less than 0.25 % of carbon
721129 Other
721190 Other
7212 Flatrolled products of iron or nonalloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm, clad, plated or coated.
721210 Plated or coated with tin
721220 Electrolytically plated or coated with zinc
721230 Otherwise plated or coated with zinc
721240 Painted, varnished or coated with plastics
721250 Otherwise plated or coated
7213 Bars and rods, hotrolled, in irregularly wound coils, of iron or nonalloy steel.
721310 Containing indentations, ribs, grooves or other deformations produced during the rolling process
721320 Other, of freecutting steel
721391 Of circular crosssection measuring less than 14 mm in diameter
721399 Other
7214 Other bars and rods of iron or nonalloy steel, not further worked than forged, hotrolled, hotdrawn or hotextruded, but including those twisted after rolling.
721420 Containing indentations, ribs, grooves or other deformations produced during the rolling process or twisted after rolling
721430 Other, of freecutting steel
721491 Of rectangular (other than square) crosssection
721499 Other
7215 Other bars and rods of iron or nonalloy steel.
721510 Of freecutting steel, not further worked than coldformed or cold finished
721550 Other, not further worked than coldformed or coldfinished
721590 Other
7216 Angles, shapes and sections of iron or nonalloy steel.
721610 U, I or H sections, not further worked than hotrolled, hotdrawn or extruded, of a height of less than 80 mm
721621 L sections
721622 T sections
721631 U sections
721632 I sections
721633 H sections
721640 L or T sections, not further worked than hotrolled, hotdrawn or extruded, of a height of 80 mm or more
721650 Other angles, shapes and sections, not further worked than hot rolled, hotdrawn or extruded
721699 Other
7217 Wire of iron or nonalloy steel.
721710 Not plated or coated, whether or not polished
721720 Plated or coated with zinc
721730 Plated or coated with other base metals
721790 Other
7219 Flatrolled products of stainless steel, of a width of 600 mm or more.
721911 Of a thickness exceeding 10 mm
721912 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more but not exceeding 10 mm
721913 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more but less than 4.75 mm
721914 Of a thickness of less than 3 mm
721921 Of a thickness exceeding 10 mm
721922 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more but not exceeding 10 mm
721923 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more but less than 4.75 mm
721924 Of a thickness of less than 3 mm
721931 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more
721932 Of a thickness of 3 mm or more but less than 4.75 mm
721933 Of a thickness exceeding 1 mm but less than 3 mm
721934 Of a thickness of 0.5 mm or more but not exceeding 1 mm
721935 Of a thickness of less than 0.5 mm
721990 Other
7220 Flatrolled products of stainless steel, of a width of less than 600 mm.
722011 Of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more
722012 Of a thickness of less than 4.75 mm
722020 Not further worked than coldrolled (coldreduced)
722090 Other
7221 Bars and rods, hotrolled, in irregularly wound coils, of stainless steel.
722100 Bars and rods, hotrolled, in irregularly wound coils, of stainless steel.
7222 Other bars and rods of stainless steel; angles, shapes and sections of stainless steel.
722211 Of circular crosssection
722219 Other
722220 Bars and rods, not further worked than coldformed or coldfinished
722230 Other bars and rods
722240 Angles, shapes and sections
7225 Flatrolled products of other alloy steel, of a width of 600 mm or more.
722511 Grainoriented
722519 Other
722530 Other, not further worked than hotrolled, in coils
722540 Other, not further worked than hotrolled, not in coils
722550 Other, not further worked than coldrolled (coldreduced)
722591 Electrolytically plated or coated with zinc
722592 Otherwise plated or coated with zinc
7226 Flatrolled products of other alloy steel, of a width of less than 600 mm.
722611 Grainoriented
722619 Other
722620 Of high speed steel
722691 Not further worked than hotrolled
722692 Not further worked than coldrolled (coldreduced)
722699 Other
7227 Bars and rods, hotrolled, in irregularly wound coils, of other alloy steel.
722710 Of high speed steel
722720 Of silicomanganese steel
722790 Other
7228 Other bars and rods of other alloy steel; angles, shapes and sections, of other alloy steel; hollow drill bars and rods, of alloy or nonalloy steel.
722810 Bars and rods, of high speed steel
722820 Bars and rods, of silicomanganese steel
722830 Other bars and rods, not further worked than hotrolled, hotdrawn or extruded
722850 Other bars and rods, not further worked than coldformed or cold finished
722860 Other bars and rods
722870 Angles, shapes and sections
722880 Hollow drill bars and rods
7301 Sheet piling of iron or steel, whether or not drilled, punched or made from assembled elements; welded angles, shapes and sections, of iron or steel.
730110 Sheet piling
7302 Railway or tramway track construction material of iron or steel, the following : rails, checkrails and rack rails, switch blades, crossing frogs, point rods and other crossing pieces, sleepers (crossties), fishplates, chairs, chair wedges, sole plates
730210 Rails
730240 Fishplates and sole plates
7304 Tubes, pipes and hollow profiles, seamless, of iron (other than cast iron) or steel.
730411 Of stainless steel
730419 Other
730422 Drill pipe of stainless steel
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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