News story: Operational note for UK industry: US steel and aluminium tariffs

first_img Under Article 8 of the WTO Safeguards Agreement the EU believes it is entitled to introduce duties on the US to rebalance the harm caused by US tariffs – these duties are known as ‘countermeasures’ or ‘rebalancing measures’. Under WTO rules, the EU must notify the WTO of its list of potential countermeasures and then wait at least 30 days before triggering tariffs. The list is made up of 103 steel and 8 aluminium product lines, and a range of other products. An investigation towards possible imposition of ‘safeguard’ measures on steel was launched on 26 March. Safeguards are measures used to protect domestic industry from injury caused by unforeseen surges in imports. They act as a safety valve and provide industry with some breathing space to adjust to increased imports. BackgroundFollowing an announcement of steel and aluminium tariffs under the Section 232 of the US Trade Expansion Act of 1962 earlier this year, the UK government has worked extensively with the United States (US) and European Union (EU) counterparts to secure an EU wide exemption.We are therefore deeply disappointed at the unjustified decision by the US yesterday to apply tariffs to EU steel and aluminium imports. The UK and other European Union countries are close allies of the US and should be permanently and unconditionally exempted, any claim that UK steel and aluminium imports harm US national security is without foundation.The Prime Minister and Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, have made clear to the US government at the highest levels the importance of UK steel and aluminium to its businesses and defence projects.Whilst we will continue to press for a permanent EU exemption from these tariffs, we also recognise that industry will be deeply concerned by their immediate impact. We have set out below the process to apply for product exemptions from tariffs and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will be holding a meeting with industry on Tuesday to share information and advice on how they can best navigate the procedure.In parallel, we will support UK industry, by continuing to press the case for UK products to secure exemptions through this process. The Secretary of State for International Trade spoke to US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who is leading the product exemption process, on Thursday, and raised with him the importance to the UK of protecting its businesses.We will also continue to work with the EU, while we remain an EU Member State continuing to engage with both the European Commission and other EU member states. We must abide by EU trade decisions, and any EU response will be coordinated by the Commission covering all 28 member states. We will support EU efforts to secure the swiftest possible action to safeguard industry from the knock-on effects of other countries diverting US exports into the EU.In addition, the government will be working with the EU to shape a measured and proportionate response, in line with World Trade Organization rules, to the impact of the US tariffs. We continue to believe that a multilateral approach, not least in the framework of the Global Forum on Steel Overcapacity, remains the best way to address structural problems in the global steel market. An escalating trade dispute between the US and EU will harm consumers and industries on both sides. We will continue to liaise with all industries involved to reflect their concerns.Operational noteThe response to US Tariffs from the European UnionWhile we remain a member of the EU, the European Commission will be coordinating the EU response.The EU has taken steps to facilitate 3 possible courses of action: Product exemptions from steel and aluminium tariffsThe tariffs imposed under Section 232 of the US Trade Expansion Act of 1962 include provision for individual companies to seek an exemption for their products. This process is being led by the US Commerce Department. DIT and BEIS have been supporting UK firms to appeal for exemptions under this process and will continue to do so. The issue was raised by Trade Secretary Liam Fox with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday 31 May.Details on the process for seeking product exemptions are outlined below: On 1 June, the EU launched a WTO dispute challenging US steel and aluminium tariffs. Following a unanimous vote by member states, the EU notified the WTO of its potential list on 18 May, and could therefore trigger tariffs on this list of products from 20 June. The Commission is required to seek member state approval a second time in order for any of the countermeasures to come into effect. The date of this vote is yet to be determined by the Commission. Government supportThe government will continue to press the US for an EU wide exemption from these unjustified tariffs. The government will also make representations to the Commerce Department to process applications for product exemptions promptly. UK firms will lead on liaising with their US customers on submitting the applications for product exemptions.To support UK firms, the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy has shared from a US legal firm advice on seeking product exclusions and has also invited industry to a meeting on Tuesday to discuss matters further. The Commission has 9 months to decide whether safeguard measures will be necessary. This decision could also be taken much earlier in the proceedings, if the investigation confirms the necessity for swift action. The Commission has also put in place a surveillance system for imports of aluminium to be prepared in case action will be required in that sector. on 18 March the US Department of Commerce announced that it would oversee a process to allow requests for excluding products from steel and aluminium tariffs. Commerce published a notice on the ‘Federal Register setting out the process all exclusion requests must be in electronic form and submitted to the Federal rulemaking portal www.regulations.gov only companies with business activities in the US can apply. This means UK firms without a presence in the US cannot apply directly to Commerce for a product exemption and firms will need to work with the end users of their products in the US to apply for a product exemption approved product exemptions will only apply to the US firm applying, ie even if the producer is the same each end user must apply separately all the information is on the regulations.gov website along with the guide and application form the data required for application is detailed and must demonstrate that the product is not readily available in the US each request will be posted online for 30 days for comment processing of exclusion requests normally will not exceed 90 days, including adjudication of objections submitted on exclusion requestslast_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Drummer Jeremy Salken For Steppenwolf Cover In CO [Photo/Audio]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night, Greensky Bluegrass returned to the Ogden Theatre for a smoking hot finale that produced a wide array of highlights–from a rare guest drummer, to the debut of a classic rock n’ roll standard, to a Paul Hoffman/Dave Bruzza duo encore (hoFFZZa). The band opened with a “Before Bring Out Your Dead”>”Bring Out Your Dead” sequence off 2011’s Handguns. The opening segment got the packed-to-the-brim Denver crowd boogying, making for a high-energy start to their third and final show of their three-night Denver run. The band continued to play more recent material with a sweet rendition of “Wings for Wheels”, followed by the groovy “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox”, which included Paul Hoffman and dobro-wizard Anders Beck trading off scorching hot solos.Next, Greensky shifted gears to a bit more old school whipping out “Bottle Dry,” before the band dove deep into a beautifully jammed-out “No Idea”>”Lose My Way.” With Hoffamn leading the way on vocals, the 1600-capacity theater had never felt so much like home, as fans hung a massive sign over the balcony reading “Colorado Love’s GSBG.” Dave Bruzza then took over on vocals, leading the band through “Steam Powered Aeroplane” before ending the set with some new tunes: “Hold On” and “Run or Die”, off their 2016 album Shouted, Written Down, & Quoted.After a first set that perfectly mixed new and old favorites, Greensky Bluegrass opened set two with a cover of Jimmy Martin’s “Hit Parade of Love.” A jam-packed “All Four” sandwich followed, with a powerful cover of Van Morrison’s “Into The Mystic” thrown in the middle. After “Past My Prime,” the group performed 2011’s “Jaywalking,” with the bluegrass generals firing off on all cylinders.To close set two, the band served up another delectable sandwich with “Burn Them” > ”Miss September” > “Burn Them,” inviting Guido Batista onstage to help out on tambourine. The guests kept coming, as Greensky welcomed drummer Jeremy Salken (Big Gigantic) up for a rendition of “Old Barns,” before closing the set with another favorite off Handguns, “Don’t Lie.” “Don’t Lie” included teases of Phish’s “Contact” and “Living Over,” bringing set two to a triumphant close.As the band came onstage for encore, Anders Beck stepped up to the mic declaring how excited and ready he is for Greensky’s first two-night headlining run at Red Rocks this upcoming September. Hoffman and Bruzza kicked off the encore with a rare duet, performing a cover of Gillian Welch’s “I Want To Sing That Rock and Roll,” before inviting the rest of the band and Jeremy Salken back up for a debut cover of Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild.”Listen to full audio from Greensky’s Denver closer courtesy of taper Rob O’Brien:Next up for Greensky is a performance at Egyptian Room at Old National Centre in Indianapolis. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.SETLIST: Greensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre| Denver, CO | 1/13/2018Set 1: Before Bring Out Your Dead> Bring Out Your Dead, Wings for Wheels, Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox> Bottle Dry, No Idea> Lose My Way, Steam Powered Aeroplane, Hold On>Exuberance> Run or DieSet 2: Hit Parade of Love, All Four> Into the Mystic> All Four, Past My Prime, Jaywalking, Burn Them> Miss September> Burn Them (1), Old Barns (2), Don’t Lie (2) (3) (4)Encore: I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll (5), Born To Be Wild (2)1) – w/ Guido Batista (tambourine)(2) – w/ Jeremy Salken (drums)(3) – Contact tease(4) – Living Over tease(5) – Dave and Paul duetBelow, view a beautiful gallery of photos from the show via photographer Chris Klein:Greensky Bluegrass | Ogden Theatre| Denver, CO | 1/13/2018 | Photos: Chris Kleinlast_img read more