Attention Importers: Send Your Steel and Aluminum Product Exclusion Numbers ASAP

On March 19, 2018, the Department of Commerce (DOC) published in the Federal Register (FR) the process for parties to submit requests for exclusions from Presidential Proclamations 9704 and 9705 on Adjusting Imports of Steel and Aluminum into the United States under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. See 83 FR 12106.

As of June 1, 2018, an Importer Declaration Field in the entry summary will be available in ACE for any exclusions approved by the Department of Commerce prior to June 1, 2018. A Post Summary Correction (PSC) to request a refund on applicable previous imports of excluded products may also be submitted on or after June 1, 2018.

Only products from importer(s) designated in the product exclusion approved by the DOC are eligible for the exclusion from the Section 232 measures.
If your company or your customer, as the importer of record, has been granted an exclusion, Shapiro will need the following from you:

  1. Your exclusion number*
  2. A copy of your exclusion request form.
  3. Indicate if this is for a future Shapiro entry or a previously submitted entry.
  4. Provide the Master B/L number or container number that applies to the exclusion.
  5. If this is for a previously submitted Shapiro entry please provide the Shapiro entry number, along with the applicable line(s) the exclusion covers.

*The product exclusion number is based on the last six digits of the product exclusion docket number at   For excluded steel mill articles, the format is STLXXXXXX.   For excluded aluminum articles = ALUXXXXXX.  There are no spaces or special characters, such as hyphens.

Exclusions granted by DOC are retroactive on imports to the date the request for exclusion was posted for public comment at

Once products are excluded from the Section 232 measures, importers may claim Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) or African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) duty preferences on GSP and AGOA-eligible goods. If importers did not receive GSP or AGOA duty preferences on previous imports, and those imports are now covered by a retroactive exclusion, importers may request a refund of the duties subject to GSP or AGOA preferences through a PSC.

If the entry has already liquidated, importers may protest the liquidation.

Shapiro is happy to assist with filing PSCs and protests on your behalf.  Please simply forward the requested information to and we will be in touch!

Thank you.

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