Requests to Testify at Public Hearing Due (PROPOSED NEW TARIFFS ON CHINESE IMPORTS – SECTION 301 DETERMINATION)
On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, the US Trade Representative (USTR) published a proposed extensive list of products imported from China that could be subject to additional 10% tariffs. The spreadsheet includes all three lists (Lists 1, 2 and 3) converted to Excel for easy sorting. This is an extensive list, covering a thousand or more tariff subheadings, so you may have to go through it carefully to identify your specific subheadings.
Interested parties should strongly consider filing comments and possibly appearing at the public hearing to make the case that certain tariff items should be excluded from List 3. As an FYI, following the comment period for List 1, over 500 tariff lines were removed from the original proposed list. USTR requests that commenters address specifically whether imposing increased duties on a particular tariff item would be practicable or effective to obtain the elimination of China’s current (adverse) acts, policies, and practices that were identified in USTR’s initial Section 301 determination, and whether maintaining or imposing additional duties on a particular listed product would cause disproportionate economic harm to U.S. interests, including small or medium-sized businesses, and consumers. Important next steps, dates and timelines
- Requests to testify at the public hearing must be filed by July 27, 2018.
- Written comments must be filed by August 17, 2018.
- The public hearing will take place August 20-23, 2018.
- Rebuttal comments will be due on August 30, 2018.