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Section 301 Tariffs Delayed Indefinitely

Section 301 Tariffs Delayed Indefinitely

Earlier last week, President Trump announced an indefinite delay in the uptick of Section 301 tariffs on the third list of Chinese products, which were scheduled to increase the additional duty rate already in place from 10% to 25% on March 2, 2019.   The United States and China plan to meet at the end of March to continue trade discussions.

According to Sandler, Travis, and Rosenberg, “Administration officials have said they will not provide any exclusion request process for these goods unless that increase occurs, although Congress has directed USTR to create such a process. The White House has also warned of an as-yet-unspecified tariff hike on an additional $267 billion worth of Chinese goods if Beijing “takes retaliatory action against our farmers or other industries.”


Background

On August 18, 2017, USTR initiated an investigation into certain acts, policies and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation (82 FR 40213). During the investigation, the Trade Representative determined that the acts, policies and practices of China under investigation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce, and are thus actionable under Section 301(b) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Trade Act).

In response, President Trump initiated a number of actions which imposed ad valorem tariffs on certain imports originating in China.  Four separate lists have been announced.  To view the most up to date information, check out our debriefing on Section 301 Imports from China.  This post indicates effective dates, duty rates, and more.

What to do

Scarbrough Consulting, Inc. is offering a free 30-minute consultation to any company that may be affected by the Section 301 announcements.  Please send an email to consulting@scarbrough-intl.com or fill out the form below.  Our Global Trade Experts and Licensed Customs brokers are here to help.

Other ways to Learn More about Duty Savings

If the Section 301 tariffs are affecting your company, watch this webinar recording to learn more.  Scarbrough’s President and COO, Adam Hill, along with Patrick Caulfield, an attorney at GDLSK, an international trade and customs law firm, talk about legal opportunities to recover or avoid paying duty to CBP.  This is an interactive webinar set up as a question/answer forum.


Resources

To review Section 301, visit this helpful Resource Page

To read more about Section 301, visit USTR.gov

Download each Section 301 List below:

View List 4a Effective Sept 1

View List 4b Effective Dec 15


Section 301 List 1
Section 301 List 2 Section 301 List 3

 

 

 

 

 

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