The US Court of Appeals for Federal Districts (CAFC) has confirmed the president’s powers to raise tariffs under Article 232 on Turkish steel imports from 25% to 50%, as was done during Donald Trump’s 2018 presidential term.
According to an opinion filed this week, the CAFC voted in a 2-1 decision to overturn two previous Court of International Trade (CIT) findings that former President Trump had no authority to raise section 232 tariffs on Turkish steel imports from 25%. up to 50% in August 2018
“We have concluded that the president does indeed have this authority in the circumstances presented here … the president’s authority includes the authority to adopt and implement an action plan that allows for adjusting specific measures, including by increasing import restrictions, when the plan is implemented over time. “, – explains the court.
CIT previously determined that the President’s decision to double Turkey’s steel duties violated the section 232 timing provisions as well as the equal protection rights guaranteed to Turkish importers.