United Kingdom Steel & Aluminum Quota Announced Which Exempts Section 232 Duties

The U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Trade Representative announced the establishment of a tariff rate quota (TRQ) available for imports of United Kingdom (Great Britain) origin steel and aluminum products which may exempt them from Section 232 duties. 

This has potential savings for U.S. importers of 25% on UK origin steel, and 10% on UK origin aluminum.

The TRQ is effective for entries or withdrawals from warehouse, for consumption, as of June 1st, 2022.

Please note the following:


  • Steel articles must have a country of origin of the UK, and be both melted and poured in the UK, to be eligible to enter under the TRQ.
  • TRQ annual total: 0.5 million metric tons (MMT), under 54 product categories.
  • TRQ Periods: Four quarterly periods.
  • The U.S. will maintain the exclusion process.
  • Steel imports which are melted and poured in the UK but further processed in the European Union (EU), conferring an EU country of origin, and subsequently imported into the United States may be eligible for duty-free treatment under the quota and count against the UK TRQ volume, not to exceed 37.8 thousand metric tons (TMT) annually under 54 quota product categories.


  • Aluminum articles must be accompanied by a certificate of analysis to be eligible to enter under the TRQ.
  • In order for semi-finished (wrought) aluminum products to be eligible for the TRQ they must not contain primary aluminum from the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation or the Republic of Belarus.
  • TRQ annual total: 0.9 thousand metric tons (TMT) of unwrought aluminum under 2 product categories, and 11.4 TMT for semi-finished wrought aluminum, other than foil, under 12 product categories. For foil (7607) the annual import volume under the TRQ is set at 9.3 TMT, under 2 product categories.
  • TRQ Periods: 2 semi-annual periods.
  • The U.S. will maintain the exclusion process.

UK origin derivative articles of both steel and aluminum will not be subject to Section 232 duties.

Quota status may be monitored using Customs and Border Protection’s Weekly Commodity Status Reports.

If you have any questions regarding the TRQ for UK steel and aluminum products, please contact your Livingston account manager.