On October 13, 2016, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule [Docket Number: 160803687–6687–01] to request public comments on proposed modifications to the regulations for the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) System that would extend the system until March, 2022. Extension of the authority for the SIMA System will ensure Commerce’s ability to track as early as possible certain steel mill imports into the United States and make the import data publicly available approximately five weeks in advance of the full public trade data release by the Bureau of the Census. Having such access to information about steel imports provides the public with greater knowledge to evaluate current market conditions.

Comments must be submitted on or before 5 p.m. November 14, 2016.