USTR Launches Public Comment Period on First Round of Section 301 Exclusions Extension

The office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will publish an official notice in the Federal Register later this week asking the public to submit comments on whether the first set of Section 301 List 1 exclusions, currently set to expire on December 28th, should extend an additional year.

Each comment will be individually evaluated and should address the following:

  • Whether the product remains available only from China or if the product and/or a comparable product is available from sources in the US and/or in alternative countries
  • Any changes in the global supply chain since July 2018 – the date in which 25% tariffs originally went into effect – with respect to the product, or any other relevant industry developments
  • Any efforts importers or US purchasers have undertaken since July 2018 to source the product from the United States or alternate countries

Please refer to the schedule below for all consideration and comment deadlines:

  • November 1, 2019: Online portal will open for public submissions beginning at 12 pm
  • November 30, 2019: All written comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm

All submission requests must be sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal; the docket number is USTR–2019–0019.

The unofficial notice can be found here.

For issues with online submissions related to Section 301, please contact: Assistant General Counsels Philip Butler or Benjamin Allen, (202) 395–5725.

How can we help? Shapiro is well versed in Section 301 exclusions. Please reach out to compliance@shapiro.com for assistance with renewing your filings!

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