Fujifilm North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division has received tariff tax exclusions on aluminum offset printing plates, currently making it the only major printing plate manufacturer in the U.S. to earn exclusion, the company says.

The U.S. Commerce Department's Section 232 tariffs on imported aluminum remain in effect. The Fujifilm division received exclusions on the majority of the 147 exclusion requests it filed several months ago.

“Our resolve to challenge these tariffs has led to this outcome for our valued customers,” said Todd Zimmerman, division president. “I sincerely appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding as we worked through this difficult situation. We will provide updates on this process as soon as we receive further information from our contacts in the Commerce Department.”

In an updating statement, Southern Lithoplate said it had filed exclusion requests more than six months ago. Progress was slowed when the government shut down, the company said. The company is in direct contact with the Commerce Department and Sec. Wilbur Ross's staff, and "we eagerly await further information," the update said. 

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