US President Mr Joseph R Biden Jr vide a proclamation on 27 May 2022 announced that the duty rate on imports of steel articles, covered by heading 9903.80.01 in subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS, is modified that steel imports from all countries except Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the member countries of the European Union, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea, and except from Ukraine shall be levied 25% duty, which are in addition to any other duties, fees, exactions, and charges applicable to such imported steel articlesMr Biden said “The United States and Ukraine have recently engaged in broad security discussions. The current disruption of Ukrainian steel production has been part of those discussions, and the ongoing discussion is anticipated to include alternative measures to prevent imports of steel from Ukraine from threatening the national security of the United States as Ukraine’s steel production recovers from the significant disruption caused by the war. In light of the ongoing security discussions and significant disruption of Ukraine’s ability to produce steel, I conclude that Ukraine’s present situation presents a special case. I have determined to suspend the tariffs set forth in Proclamation 9705 for the import of steel articles and derivative steel articles from Ukraine for 1 year. The Secretary shall monitor the situation in the domestic steel industry and developments in Ukraine’s steel industry and inform me of any need to terminate or extend this suspension.”Mr Biden added “I have determined that it is necessary and appropriate, at this time, to maintain the current tariff level as it applies to products of other countries.”This proclamation follows US Secretary of Commerce Ms Gina M Raimondo announcement on 9 May that the US will be temporarily suspending 232 tariffs on Ukrainian steel for one year. Ms Raimondo has said “Steelworkers are among the worlds most resilient, whether they live in Youngstown or Mariupol. We can’t just admire the fortitude and spirit of the Ukrainian people, we need to have their backs and support one of the most important industries to Ukraine’s economic well-being. For steel mills to continue as an economic lifeline for the people of Ukraine, they must be able to export their steel. This announcement is a signal to the Ukrainian people that we are committed to helping them thrive in the face of Putin’s aggression, and that their work will create a stronger Ukraine, both today and in the future.”Some of Ukraine’s largest steel communities have been among those hardest hit by the war and the steel mill in Mariupol has become a lasting symbol of Ukraine’s determination to resist Russia’s aggression. Many of Ukraine’s steel mills have continued to pay, feed, and even shelter their employees over the course of fighting. Despite nearby fighting, some Ukrainian mills have even started producing again. Creating export opportunities for these mills is essential to their ability to continue employing their workers and maintaining one of Ukraine’s most important industries.