Trade Court Upholds Trump's Security-Based Steel Tariffs

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Law360 (February 4, 2021, 9:49 AM EST) — The U.S. Court of International Trade upheld the Trump administration’s tariffs on imported steel Thursday, affirming the government’s expansive power to restrict trade in the name of national security.

In a per curiam decision, a three-judge CIT panel found that the tariffs were imposed in line with a Cold War-era security law and rejected New Jersey importer Universal Steel Products Inc.’s bid to erase the duties entirely.

Former President Donald Trump imposed a 25% levy on steel and 10% duty on aluminum in 2018 using Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which empowers the president to set import…