The U.S. has temporarily suspended 232 tariffs on Ukrainian steel for the next year, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced. The move was made in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Some of Ukraine’s largest steel communities have been among those hardest hit by the attack, and the steel mill in Mariupol has become a lasting symbol of Ukraine’s determination to resist Russia’s aggression, the secretary said. Many of Ukraine’s steel mills have continued to pay, feed, and even shelter their employees over the course of fighting. Despite nearby fighting, some Ukrainian mills have even started producing again.
Creating export opportunities for these mills is essential to their ability to continue employing their workers and maintaining one of Ukraine’s most important industries.
“Steelworkers are among the world’s most resilient – whether they live in Youngstown or Mariupol. We can’t just admire the fortitude and spirit of the Ukrainian people – we need to have their backs and support one of the most important industries to Ukraine’s economic well-being. For steel mills to continue as an economic lifeline for the people of Ukraine, they must be able to export their steel. Today’s announcement is a signal to the Ukrainian people that we are committed to helping them thrive in the face of Putin’s aggression, and that their work will create a stronger Ukraine, both today and in the future,” Raimondo said.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, the Department of Commerce has launched a series of new export control restrictions on Russia in partnership with three dozen allies, including 27 EU member states, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway.
The multilateral coordination on export controls and other areas has been impressive and led to swift development and implementation of powerful restrictions that are having a serious impact on Russia’s ability to sustain its aggression, Commerce said.
Additionally, Commerce has added 260 parties in Russia, Belarus and multiple other countries to the Entity List. These entities have been involved in, contributed to, or otherwise supported the Russian security services, military and defense sectors, and military and/or defense research and development efforts.
U.S. exports to Russia in categories of items subject to new U.S. export licensing requirements have decreased 97 percent by value as compared to the same time period in 2021. Overall U.S. exports to Russia have decreased approximately 79 percent by value over the same time period in 2021.