USTR Requests Public Comments and Announces Public Hearing on Proposed Section 301 Action on $300 Billion in Goods of Chinese Origin

Posted by Matt Schmitt on 5/21/19 5:00 PM

On May 17, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) requested in a Federal Register Notice (FRN) public comments, and announced a public hearing, on a proposed list of products that would add up to an additional 25% ad valorem duty rate on goods of Chinese origin worth approximately $300 billion in annual trade value.

The USTR lists out the due date for the comments and hearing:

  • June 10, 2019 – The due date for filing requests to appear at a public hearing, along with expected testimony for the hearing;
  • June 17, 2019 – The due date for submitting written comments;
  • June 17, 2019 – The date of the public hearing in Washington, D.C.

The submission of written comments are due by June 17, 2019 and should address the following concerns:

  • The specific tariff heading in the list and whether it should be retained, or removed from the list;
  • The specific tariff that should be added if it is not already on the list;
  • The increase in the rate of duty;
  • The appropriate aggregate level of trade to be covered by the additional duties.

Additionally, the public hearing will be on June 17, 2019 in Washington D.C. and interested parties must request to appear at the public hearing by June 10, 2019. The requests to appear must include a summary of testimony.

The USTR instructs interested parties to submit written comments, or requests for appearance at the public hearing, via www.regulations.gov with the docket number USTR-2019-0004. Hand-delivered submissions will not be accepted.

The FRN along with the list of proposed tariffs may be found here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/05/17/2019-10191/request-for-comments-proposed-modification-of-action-pursuant-to-section-301-chinas-acts-policies

Topics: China, USTR, Tariffs, Section 301