On October 13, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Department of Commerce, will publish in the Federal Register a temporary final rule [Docket No. 201006-0266] that establishes procedures to grant relief from the quantitative limitation applicable to certain steel articles for Brazil for parties with preexisting contracts that meet specified criteria as authorized by the President as part of the action he took to adjust imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (“section 232”) The temporary final rule is effective October 13, through December 31, 2020. All certifications for relief from the quantitative limitation for Brazil for steel articles on this temporary final rule must be submitted through the email: steel232-exp@bis.doc.gov

President Trump in Proclamation 10064 determined to direct the Secretary to provide relief from the modified quantitative limitations in certain limited circumstances specified in more detail in the temporary rule.

In Supplement No. 1 to Part 705: The temporary final rule adds new paragraph (j) to describe the requirements to request relief from the quantitative limitations applicable to steel article imports from Brazil under the new process created by clause 2 of Proclamation 10064. Paragraph (j) describes the requirements for a party to obtain this relief, how the Department reviews these requests for relief, the administration and use of granted requests of relief, and when revocation of grants of relief may occur. These procedures are all contained in paragraph (j), which unless extended on or before December 31, 2020, will be removed from the regulations on January 1, 2021. This process of requesting grants for relief from the quantitative limitations for Brazil is a separate process from the 232 exclusions process described elsewhere in supplement no. 1 to part 705.

New paragraph (j) consists of five paragraphs:

(j)(1) (Sworn statement required to grant relief);

(j)(2) (Where to submit requests for grants of relief?);

(j)(3) (Disposition of requests for grants of relief);

(j)(4) (Administration and use of granted requests of relief); and

(j)(5) (Revocation of grants of relief).

Details for each paragraph are provided in the temporary rule.