USTR Seeks Comments on Proposed October 1st Increase in Section 301 Tariffs

On September 3rd, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released an official notice seeking public comments on Section 301 List 1, 2 and 3 tariff rate increases (from 25% to 30%) scheduled to take effect October 1st.

The USTR has asked for public comments to include:

  • Details as to whether the tariff increases would be effective or practical enough to properly achieve the elimination of China’s unfair trade practices
  • Information indicating that the rate increases would cause disproportionate economic harm to “U.S. interests, including small- or medium-sized businesses and consumers”

All submission requests must be sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal by September 20th using the docket number is USTR–2019–0015.

Please note: The USTR also advised importers that the rate increases WILL NOT affect any exclusions from List 1, 2 or 3 that have already been granted.

Click here to view the USTR’s official notice in the Federal Register.

Shapiro will continue to monitor and provide status updates on our Section 301 Tariff News page as they become available.