U.S. Considering Increase in Section 301 Duties to 25% on Chinese Imports

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has been asked by the President to consider an increase in additional Section 301 duties to be assessed against $200 billion in Chinese imports. The applicable products related to this possible duty increase may be found here. This is the third list (‘List 3’) of Chinese products published by the USTR subject to U.S. Section 301 trade actions.

Under the President’s request, Section 301 duties for products on List 3 may increase from 10% to 25% once the USTR completes its public consultations and makes a final determination.

The USTR has updated its timeline for accepting written submissions and requests related to this Section 301 trade action given this possible duty increase.

Appearance requests at the public hearing and the filing of pre-hearing submissions may now be submitted to the USTR by August 13, 2018. All written comments may now be submitted by September 6, 2018 whether or not they are post-hearing rebuttals.

The start of public hearings remains August 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C., though the USTR may extend the hearings beyond August 23, 2018 based on interest and participation.

Importers and exporters are encouraged to review their previous transactions to determine the impact and scale of this action on their trade program(s). Specifically, applicable products and their assigned Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes within the scope of this action should be reviewed carefully prior to any effective date.

Please contact your local Delmar International representative or our North American Customs Advisory Services Group for additional information.

Additional references:

Federal Register Notice

Update on U.S. Section 301 Trade Action Targeting Specific Chinese Products

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