Rounds one and two of the Section 301 tariffs on China origin goods have been continued by the US Trade Representative’s Office (USTR).
In the announcement, the USTR indicated that they’ve received comments from US entities who benefit from the tariffs requesting that they remain in place. Tariff actions taken under the Section 301 statute are subject to a four-year sunset clause, but can be extended if the USTR conducts a review to determine if the tariffs are making progress towards their aims. The review process will only start after a request to continue the tariffs has been received.
The announcement indicated that a review would take place and details on future steps are expected in upcoming announcements.
Under the statute, rounds one and two would have expired on July 6 and August 23 of this year. This review was expected when the collection of the tariffs continued beyond the four-year period. Round three of the tariffs will hit the four-year mark on September 24; it seems clear that those will also be continued—pending a review.
Litigation filed in the Court of International Trade challenging the legality of the implementation of round three—therefore also round four—of the China tariffs continues to move forward, however, there is no timetable for a decision.
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Sam serves as Director, Compliance and Customs Services for CVI. He serves as CVI’s corporate compliance officer and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our Customs related services, including growth.
Sam started his career in 1977 with Waters Shipping Company in Charlotte, NC. He began as a document runner, soon becoming a leader in operations and customer service for the branch. Sam, along with Linda Masten, founded Central Carolina Shipping Inc. in 1983 as an independent Customs Brokerage firm where he served as Vice President for 26 years. Sam and Linda grew Central Carolina into a successful and highly respected member of the Carolinas trade community. When Charlotte opened their local chapter of the IFFCBA Sam was part of the organizing group and he headed the Customs committee for several years. Sam obtained his Customs Brokers License in 1984 and remained with Central Carolina until the company was acquired by CVI in 2009.
At CVI, Sam has held several positions in both the operations and sales departments. As an expert in U.S. Customs regulations, Sam is often called upon on to provide guidance to importers on Customs compliance issues. He makes regular presentations on matters related to importation and broader regulatory compliance.
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