On March 7, the President imposed new duties on many steel
products effective March 20. The administrative procedures relating
to these duties most likely have caused some understatement of the March
data presented in this release.
Whether reported electronically or on paper, data for a given transaction
are not provided to the Census Bureau until all duties have been paid.
As a result of duty deferral, it is likely that some of the decrease
in steel imports shown in this release results from delays in the Census
Bureau receiving the data. Moreover, at the time of the release of this
report, the Census Bureau does not have information on the volume of
trade that has been affected by the imposition of the duties. Some March
imports most likely will not be available until the April statistics
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