This Guidance does not create any privileges, benefits, or rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any individual, organization, party, or witness in any administrative, civil, or criminal matter.

 

Relief from the Quantitative Limitation Applicable to Certain Steel Articles for Brazil

Background:

On August 28, 2020, President Donald Trump issued Presidential Proclamation 10064 adjusting the quantitative limitations set forth in Presidential Proclamation 9759 applicable to certain steel articles imported from Brazil. The Proclamation authorized the Secretary of Commerce to provide relief from the quantitative limitation set forth in this proclamation in certain limited circumstances on an expedited basis in addition to the relief from the quantitative limitations that the Secretary is already authorized to provide pursuant to Clause 1 of Proclamation 9777.

Proclamation 10064 more specifically offered an expedited pathway to relief from the quantitative limitation applicable to subheading 9903.80.57 of subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS for Brazil for imports of such steel articles that met certain criteria.

Expedited Relief Procedures

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) pursuant to Proclamation 10064 has issued procedures for requestors seeking expedited relief in Temporary Final Rule 2020-22608 of October 13, 2020. BIS will process requests received in this manner on a first-come-first-serve basis until either December 31, 2020 or the total quantity excluded reaches 60,000,000 kg.

Requestors must submit all applications for relief from the quantitative limitation on steel articles for Brazil to the following email inbox: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The volume of imports granted relief under this clause is not to exceed 60,000,000 kilograms aggregate. Requestors seeking to import steel products from Brazil that do not meet the required criteria may still apply for relief via the standard exclusions process using the 232 Exclusions Portal.

 

ArcelorMittal Calvert LLC STL750001

2020 STL750001

Final Section 232 Relief

American Heavy Plates STL750002

2020 STL 750002 AHP

2020.10.13 American Heavy Plate

 

   

                Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Section 232 Investigation on the Effect of Imports of
Vanadium on the National Security

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Technology Evaluation, is conducting a survey and assessment of the U.S. vanadium industry. The resulting data will be used to support an ongoing vanadium import investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. The investigation was initiated by the U.S. Department of Commerce based on a petition from two U.S. vanadium producers.

The principal goal of this survey is to assist BIS in determining whether vanadium products are being imported into the United States in such quantities or under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security. The survey will query information concerning facilities, production and capacity, supplier and customer relationships, financials, national defense and critical infrastructure support, competition and trade, and COVID-19 impacts. The resulting data will provide BIS with information that is otherwise not available but needed to conduct its investigation.

BIS has identified your organization as having the capabilities to manufacture or distribute vanadium products, with one or more facilities in the United States. Your participation in this survey is vital to ensure a comprehensive dataset for the assessment. BIS has worked in successful partnership with other U.S. industry sectors and we anticipate similar cooperation from your organization on this effort.

To begin, download the Microsoft Excel-formatted survey and corresponding instructions by clicking on the hyperlinked documents below:

Vanadium 232 Survey (Excel)*†Vanadium 232 Survey (PDF)†

Complete and submit the Excel version via email to BIS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. BIS will only accept Excel-formatted survey submissions. The PDF version is only a reference document for your organization’s internal use and cannot be submitted in place of a completed Excel survey.

*Note 1: Save a copy of the Excel survey to your computer before you make any inputs to the questionnaire.

†Note 2: If, when clicking on the above links, your computer does not ask if you want to download the file to your computer, right click on the link and select "Save As."

If you have any questions regarding the survey, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Email is the preferred method of contact and will allow for a detailed response to your organization’s questions.

All information submitted to BIS is protected as Business Confidential under provisions of the Defense Production Act (DPA) of 1950, as amended, and will not be published or disclosed, other than in aggregate form. At no time will such reporting identify your specific organization. Such information is also protected from disclosure from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Also note that your organization is required by federal law (50 U.S.C. Sec. 4555) to complete the survey. Your organization must submit the response no later than October 23, 2020.

 

OMB Control No. 0690-0030
Expiration Date: 07/31/2023

Please tell us about yourself:
1) Are you employed as an Export Control Officer (ECO) or equivalent by your employer?



If no, does your employer retain an ECO or equivalent on staff?



2) How many years of experience do you have working in export controls?





3) Please check the box or boxes below that describe how you developed your knowledge of U.S. export controls (ITAR, EAR) (Check all that apply):







Please tell us about the structure of export compliance at your academic institution:
4) How many others in your institution have direct export control responsibilities?






5) Does the academic institution at which you are employed have an export compliance program (ECP)?




6) Does the academic institution at which you are employed have one or more technology control plans (TCPs) in place?





Please tell us about your employer:
7) How many students (undergraduate and graduate) attend the academic institution at which you are employed?





8) Approximately how many professors/researchers are employed by the university institution at which you are employed?





9) What is the highest academic degree granted/the highest level of study offered by the academic institution at which you are employed?






Please tell us about the students at your institution:
10) What is the approximate percentage of international students at the academic institution at which you are employed?







11) Does the institution at which you are employed conduct restricted party screening (RPS) of international graduate students to assist with compliance with U.S. export controls?





If yes, how is RPS completed?





Who does this screening?






12) Please indicate if any of the international graduate students at your university are citizens of a Country Group E country as listed in the EAR Supp, 2 to Part 740 (i.e., Iran, Sudan, Syria, Cuba or North Korea) or from Russia, China or Venezuela? (Check any that apply below)






Please tell us about your professors and researchers:
13) What is the approximate number of academic professors/researchers at your academic institution at which you are employed that are not U.S. citizens or green card holders?

If your answer to this question is “0” please skip to question 16.
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14) Does your academic institution conduct RPS of international professors/researchers to identify and respond to issues related to compliance with U.S. export control requirements?



If yes, how is this RPS done?





Who does this RPS?







Under what circumstances is RPS completed? (check all that apply)





 
15) Are any of the international professors/researchers at your institution citizens of a Country Group E country as listed in the EAR Supp, 2 to Part 740 (i.e., Iran, Sudan, Syria, Cuba, or North Korea) or from Russia, China or Venezuela? (Check any that apply)






Please tell us about the research done at the academic institution at which you are employed:
16) Does the academic institution at which you are employed have a policy of conducting only “fundamental research”?




17) Does the academic institution at which you are employed engage in proprietary research funded by private sector/corporate entities (i.e., research the results of which is not intended to be publicly released)?




If yes, are any of these foreign entities?




If yes, are they from (check all that apply):




18) Is any of the proprietary research at your academic institution funded by U.S. (or other) Government agencies?




19) If the academic institution at which you are employed engages in funded research that is not fundamental research, which entity is responsible for determining if the results of that research is subject to U.S. export control laws?





20) Do your professors/researchers collaborate with other researchers or organizations overseas?




If yes, how do you ensure their compliance with U.S. export controls?





21) If/when your professors/researchers travel overseas in their professional capacity, where can they go to/how can they get guidance on U.S. export controls for the items they take or for the discussions they hold?






Please tell us about the export control training provided at your institution:
22) Does your academic institution offer export control training to staff and/or faculty members? (Check all that apply)






23) How are the relevant staff and/or faculty members identified to participate in the training? (Check all that apply)







24) How often is export control training provided? (Check all that apply)





25) Who is responsible for providing this training? (Check all that apply)






Please explain in what ways BIS could enhance its outreach and education efforts to assist you and your academic institution:
26) What are your biggest challenges to understanding and implementing export controls at your academic institution? (SELECT ONLY YOUR TOP TWO)











27) From your perspective, how should BIS provide additional guidance, or revise existing guidance and educational materials to address university specific export control issues? (SELECT ONLY YOUR TOP TWO)









28) May BIS follow up with you to clarify any of your answers, if necessary?



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