Today, the Court of International Trade (CIT) released a ruling indicating that the US Trade Representative (USTR) had the authority to impose the List 3 and 4A Section 301 tariffs covering over $200 billion in Chinese goods.

Although the decision was not in favor of the plaintiffs—a group comprised of over 3600 separate lawsuits—who argued that the USTR wasn’t able to impose the tariffs due to the fact that the US government was responding to retaliatory tariffs from China, the CIT also ruled that the USTR failed to adequately respond to comments submitted in advance of the Section 301 tariffs and sent the matter back to the agency.

The CIT panel of judges ruled that the List 3 and 4A tariffs can remain in place while the USTR reconsiders its actions related to the aforementioned comments. The USTR will have until June 30 to respond to the court’s remand.

Click here to view the official decision released by the CIT.

Shapiro will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.

If you have any questions related to List 3 and 4A tariffs, please contact [email protected].