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USTR RELEASES EXCLUSION REQUEST PROCESS FOR CHINESE PRODUCTS SUBJECT TO SECTION 301 TARIFFS

By Arthur W. Bodek      
 Joseph M. Spraragen

In a July 6th press release, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced an application process for product exclusions from the additional Section 301 tariffs imposed by the United States on certain products imported from China.  These tariffs were imposed in response to allegations of unfair trade practices by China related to the forced transfer of U.S. technology and intellectual property.

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USTR Announces Schedule for Comments on Second List of Products to be Subject to Section 301 Duties

Following recent release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of a second list of products from China that it proposes to become subject to an additional 25% duty under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, USTR has issued a schedule for providing comments to the second proposed list.  The second proposed list consists of 284 tariff items that cover goods including chemicals, plastics, metal articles, machinery, and vehicles.  This list can be accessed at:

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/List%202.pdf.

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Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Steel Racks from the People's Republic of China

I.  Type of Action: Antidumping Duty (“AD”) and Countervailing Duty (“CVD”): PRC

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U.S. Announces that Initial Section 301 Tariffs on Imports from China Will Begin on July 6

On June 15, 2018, the Trump Administration announced that additional tariffs will be imposed on certain goods from China under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. A press release issued by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), states that beginning on July 6, 2018, an additional 25% tariff will be imposed on 818 tariff lines (“List 1”) of the original 1,333 lines that were included on the proposed list originally published by USTR on April 6.

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