Tweak to tariff exclusion process gives Missouri businesses new hope

Companies seeking relief from the Trump administration’s steel tariffs got a measure of welcome news this week courtesy of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The department announced an updated tariff exclusion process that will enable companies seeking exclusions to appeal objections from companies looking to block them.

Previously, one objection from a domestic manufacturer could derail an exclusion request. Half of the 38,000 exclusion requests filed so far have drawn objections.

The change could affect Missouri companies like Eureka-based RotoMetrics and Mid Continent Nail of Poplar Bluff. Both companies have applied for exclusions and encountered objections.

However, RotoMetrics executive Ken McInnis said American steel companies couldn’t meet the timelines or prices his company needed to remain viable.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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