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.

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