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The US Trade Representatives’ Office (USTR) is seeking comments on the effectiveness of the Section 301 tariffs on China origin goods. Their review is required if the US is going to continue collecting the tariffs beyond the four-year sunset period included in all Section 301 actions. Three of the four rounds of tariffs have already reached their four-year deadline and the fourth will hit next year. The tariffs cannot be extended past their four-year sunset without a review and without the USTR receiving comments in support of the tariffs. Any comments need to be submitted through the public docket at https://comments.ustr.gov between Nov 15, 2022, and Jan 17, 2023. Note that comments cannot be submitted prior to November 15.

In order to determine if the tariffs should be continued the USTR is looking for comments on the following subjects.

  • The effectiveness of the actions in obtaining the elimination of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.
  • The effectiveness of the actions in counteracting China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.
  • Other actions or modifications that would be more effective in obtaining the elimination of or in counteracting China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.
  • The effects of the actions on the U.S. economy, including U.S. consumers.
  • The effects of the actions on domestic manufacturing, including in terms of capital investments, domestic capacity and production levels, industry concentrations, and profits.
  • The effects of the actions on U.S. technology, including in terms of U.S. technological leadership and U.S. technological development.
  • The effects of the actions on U.S. workers, including with respect to employment and wages.
  • The effects of the actions on U.S. small businesses.
  • The effects of the actions on U.S. supply chain resilience.
  • The effects of the actions on the goals of U.S. critical supply chains outlined in Executive Order 14017 and in subsequent reports and findings.
  • Whether the actions have resulted in higher additional duties on inputs used for additional manufacturing in the United States than the additional duties on particular downstream product(s) or finished good(s) incorporating those input.

The full text of their announcement can be found here.

Recent trade bills which included provisions regarding these tariffs and their associated exclusions have not resulted in new legislation and likely no further action will be taken pending this review.

 

Best Regards,

Sam McClure, LCB

Director of Compliance & Customs Services

 

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