CBA: DOC's Tinplate Steel Tariffs: A Compromise Stance

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The Department of Commerce's final verdict on tinplate steel imports refrains from endorsing Cleveland-Cliffs' drastic tariff demands but introduces varying duties. The decision aims to balance industry concerns and consumer impacts. Consumer Brands Association expresses disappointment over suggested duties on ally nations but welcomes the absence of evidence for dumping claims against specific countries.



Consumer Brands Association (CBA) expressed disappointment over the suggested duties on crucial trade allies like Germany, Canada, and South Korea. These tariffs, while comparatively lower, still pose concerns for consumer goods industries. The CBA highlighted the potential impact on various sectors, projecting a potential hike of 58 cents in canned product prices across the nation and the potential loss of 40,000 manufacturing jobs.

Cleveland-Cliffs' claims centered on alleged cut-rate pricing impacting domestic sales. However, the CBA defended the necessity of importing tin mill products for can manufacturing, food, personal care, and household items, emphasizing that domestic producers haven't met the quality standards required by downstream users. The CBA advocated for a balance that safeguards industries while addressing competition concerns.

The Department of Commerce (DOC) has unveiled its ultimate decision on the proposed tariffs for tinplate steel imports into the United States. While addressing concerns raised by Cleveland-Cliffs regarding unfair competition and sales impact, the ruling strives for a more balanced approach. Initially, Cleveland-Cliffs sought exceedingly high tariffs, up to 300%, against eight countries, alleging cut-rate prices in the tinplate steel market.

In response to the industry uproar, the DOC issued preliminary tariffs in September 2023, ranging from 0% to 122%. The recent final ruling reveals a modified stance: imposing 7% on Germany, 5% on Canada, and maintaining 0% on South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Notably, no evidence of dumping was found against the latter group, relieving them from additional tariffs.


The Department of Commerce's final ruling on tinplate steel tariffs attempts to strike a balance between industry demands and fair competition. While the decision imposes varied tariffs on certain countries, it excludes evidence of dumping from others. The Consumer Brands Association, while disappointed with duties on key allies, emphasizes the importance of tinplate steel imports for various consumer goods industries.

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