By Rebecca Yeager, Export Solutions

Last Friday, the United States Trade Representative published a Federal Register requesting comments concerning additional tariffs of up to 25% on additional products of China that have an annual trade value of $300 billion. In addition to requesting comments from the public concerning the increase in tariffs, the USTR published the proposed list of these products by Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) Number. The list of these items is found in the Annex to the Federal Register notice. The list includes various items such as LEDs, lamps, and consumer goods.

Per the Federal Register:

In accordance with the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative (Trade Representative) proposes a modification of the action being taken in this Section 301 investigation of the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The proposed modification is to take further action in the form of an additional ad valorem duty of up to 25 percent on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The products subject to this proposed modification are classified in the HTSUS subheadings set out in the Annex to this notice. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment and will hold a public hearing regarding this proposed modification.

Dates:

To be assured of consideration, you must submit comments and responses in accordance with the following schedule:

June 10, 2019: Due date for filing requests to appear and a summary of expected testimony at the public hearing.

June 17, 2019: Due date for submission of written comments.

June 17, 2019: The Section 301 Committee will convene a public hearing in the main hearing room of the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, that begins at 9:30 a.m.

Seven days after the last day of the public hearing: Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments.

If you have questions or would like any additional information, please contact Export Solutions for a free consultation.

Rebecca Yeager is a Trade Compliance Consultant for Export Solutions -- a full-service consulting firm that specializes in helping companies comply with U.S. and international import/export regulations.