On behalf of the auto shredders and equipment parts suppliers in the ISRI membership, this week we submitted a request to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) requesting they consider excluding auto shredder wear parts (as imported under HTS 8418.104.22.168) from the Administration’s Section 301 tariffs against Chinese products effective on July 6.
In the request, ISRI makes a forceful argument about the auto shredder’s key role as supplier into the U.S. domestic steel and aluminum industries as well as the disruptive nature these tariffs have had on the industry. We believe that these tariffs “put shredders at a competitive disadvantage to their Chinese competitors and are straining their ability to supply valuable feedstock to the U.S. and global manufacturing sector.”
Third parties will have two weeks to respond to our request with their support or opposition. We are given an opportunity to respond to any of those submissions if we need to.
We are uncertain how long USTR will take to review the materials and make a final determination, but we do know they are reviewing requests as they come in. Nevertheless, in my letter to Secretary Ross and Ambassador Lighthizer, I strongly urged them to approve the request, and ISRI staff is following up with officials in both government agencies and on Capitol Hill.
You can review ISRI’s submission at these links:
Please contact Adina Renee Adler
if you have any questions.
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