On Friday, September 2, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that Section 301 tariffs would continue for List 1 and 2 products from China.

The decision follows a May announcement from the USTR that informed companies that have benefited from Section 301 tariffs of the possible termination of the duties; it also asked representatives to request a continuation of the tariffs if desired. According to the notice, the USTR received 288 requests for continuation regarding List 1 products and 146 requests for List 2 products from domestic producers and trade associations, collectively.

In light of the requests for continuation, USTR officials will conduct an official review of the July 6, 2018 (List 1) and August 23, 2018 (List 2) actions; and it will publish additional Federal Register notices regarding next steps in the review process once determined. At that time, those interested in commenting on the extensions will be provided the opportunity to do so.

Click here to view the official Federal Register Notice.

If you have any questions related to Section 301 tariffs, please contact [email protected].

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