The Bush administration Aug. 22 exempted at least 19 types of steel used in plastic and rubber molds from higher tariffs.
It's the last batch of exemptions to be granted this year, but the government said it will consider more requests in November and make a decision by March.
The exempted steels include some prehardened, rough and cold-formed versions of cold-finished bar, several versions of hot-rolled bar and several varieties of plate steel. Generally the exemptions covered steel in categories such as HPM1, NAK 55, PX 5, NAK HH and CX1.
The decision exempts 178 categories, bringing to 727 the total number of products that have been exempted thus far.
President Bush proposed the tariffs March 5, but since then has been exempting some steel in response to pressure from firms that say they cannot get domestic replacements or to address complaints from other governments.