On Feb. 5, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) started the renewal clock for another round of List 1 exclusions. The exclusions were granted in April 2019 and are set to expire on April 18, 2020. List 1, which took effect in July 2018, deals with approximately $34 billion in goods from China. The list is currently subject to a 25 percent tariff.
USTR will consider each possible extension on a case-by-case basis. Additional tariffs will depend on whether a particular product is only available from China.
Those commenting should address:
• Whether the product or a comparable product is available from sources in the U.S. or other countries.
• Any changes in the product’s global supply chain or other industry developments since July 2018.
• Efforts, if any, the importers or U.S. purchasers have undertaken since July 2018 to source the product from the U.S. or other countries.
Additionally, USTR will consider whether the imposition of additional duties on the excluded products will result in “severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. interests.”
The docket, USTR-2020-0002, opens on Feb. 16, 2020. The announcement lists the submission deadline as both March 15 and March 16, 2020. Commenters should plan to submit by March 15 unless this is clarified.
For more information, contact Samantha Rocci at [email protected]