Although the US Commerce Department's Section 232 tariffs on imported aluminum remains in effect, we are pleased to let you know that Fujifilm Graphic Systems Division has received exclusions on the majority of the 147 Exclusion Requests we filed several months ago. Based on this news we are suspending the addition of a tariff tax to our aluminum offset printing plates, effective January 10, 2019. 


Please note that these exclusions are only good for one year, and can be revoked by the Commerce Department, meaning that if we are required to pay a tariff in the future, we will once again add a tariff tax to our plates at that time.


In addition to working through this process, Fujifilm has been actively engaged with several industry associations to plead that the unintended consequences of these tariffs were an unfair burden on the graphic arts industry.


Although the current Federal Government shut down prevents us from receiving further updates as to the status of our remaining Exclusion Requests and the process, timing and amount of rebates (if any) we can expect on tariffs paid since June 1, 2018, we remain committed to crediting your account for every dollar of tariff taxes the Commerce Department returns to Fujifilm.


Our resolve to fight these tariffs has led to this outcome for you, our valued customers.  We are proud of the efforts put forth, and sincerely appreciate your 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.


Todd Zimmerman


FUJIFILM North America Corporation

Graphic Systems Division