Court of International Trade rules Section 232 tariffs on steel are constitutional

March 26, 2019 – Husch Blackwell reported today that the Court of International Trade (CIT) yesterday issued its decision in the American Institute for International Steel’s appeal on the institution of Section 232 tariffs on steel products ruling that Section 232 tariffs are constitutional and that their decision results in the continuation of these tariffs for the foreseeable future.

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The CIT seemed to be hamstrung in this decision and forced to rely on existing precedent in Algonquin Steel, CT, that it was unable to overturn. The CIT did, however, express concerns that the Section 232 tariffs blur the lines with respect to the separation of powers principle of the Constitution.

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