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Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Office; Jeff Hannapel & Christian Richter, The Policy Group, Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON ALERT


U.S. Imposing Tariffs on China After Section 301 Investigation


IRON, STEEL, AND ALUMINUM ARE THREE OF THE PRODUCTS COVERED UNDER THE TARIFFS, WHICH ARE UNLIKELY TO BE IMPLEMENTED UNTIL THIS SUMMER.


On April 3, the United States


Trade Representative released its No- tice of Proposed Determination regarding actions related to trade prac- tices of China. Contained in the notice is the list of proposed HTS codes for over 1,300 products imported from China with a 25% tariff. Some of the covered products include: iron, steel, and aluminum; turbines, engines, mo- tors, and aerospace products; pumps and compressors; and, construction and agricultural equipment. China has already announced that


it will respond proportionately by imposing an additional 25% duty on 106 U.S. products, to include soybeans, whiskey, and automobiles. Tese duties will be in addition to China’s recently implemented retaliatory tariffs on over $600 million in imports of a number of U.S.-origin products, including


ON THE HILL


EEO-1 Filing Deadline Extended Until June 1


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has extended its deadline for filing the 2017 Employer Information Report, also known as the EEO-1 report. The deadline was originally set for March 31, 2018, but the Commission has extended the deadline for filing of this year’s EEO-1 Survey until June 1, 2018.


The EEO-1 report requires employ- ers to provide employment data categorized by race/ethnicity, gender and job category or grouping. The EEOC and the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) use the EEO-1 report to collect and analyze infor- mation from private employers and government contractors about their workforces. Employers who must file include private employers with 100 or


more employees and federal prime and first-tier contractors with 50 or more em- ployees and at least one federal contract/ subcontract of $50,000.


Impacted metalcasters can find useful guidance documents, FAQs, and user guides on the EEO-1 Filing on the EEOC website: https://www.eeoc.gov/employ- ers/eeo1survey/index.cfm.


EPA To Revise Emission Standards for New Car Models


On April 2, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the completion of the midterm evaluation (MTE) process for greenhouse gas (GHG) emis- sions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025. EPA’s final deter- mination is that current standards are not appropriate and should be revised. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt an- nounced the agency would begin a notice and comment rulemaking to set more


“appropriate GHG emissions standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards,” stating previous standards were set “too high,” and didn’t “comport with reality.” Fur- thermore, Pruitt announced the start of a joint process with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to develop a notice and com- ment rulemaking to set more appro- priate GHG emissions standards and CAFE standards. NHTSA and EPA are expected to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking that outlines up to eight scenarios of proposed revisions to the current CAFE and GHG standards for model years 2022-2025, ranging from significant relaxing to minimal relaxing of the standards soon.


For additional information, contact Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Off ice,


202/842-4864, ssalmon@afsinc.org. May 2018 MODERN CASTING | 23


agricultural products and ethanol, in response to the section 232 tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. Te U.S. proposed section 301 tariffs


are unlikely to be implemented until this summer. In addition, Administration officials were planning to meet with Chi- nese officials in upcoming weeks.


Turbines are one of the products covered under the tariffs.


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