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USTR Considers 549 Section 301 Exclusions for Reinstatement

By October 11, 2021 No Comments

The Section 301 tariffs assessed on China origin goods continue to create uncertainly in the supply chain. On October 8, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published the establishment of a comment period on the possible reinstatement of 549 exclusions, which had previously been extended, in the Federal Register.

According to this notice, a comment period, from October 12 until December 1, 2021, has been opened to allow interested parties to submit comments on a reinstatement of particular exclusions. All comments should be submitted to the public docket in the online portal before 11:59 PM on December 1, 2021. The USTR is interested in comments regarding the possible exclusion reinstatements and the duration of any reinstatements granted. The focus of the USTR’s evaluations will be if the product remains reasonably available only from China, or, if reinstatement of the exclusions will result in severe economic harm to US interests. The USTR review will take into consideration the impact on US manufacturing output, employment, critical supply chains, and on the goal of eliminating China’s actions and trade policies covered in the 301 investigation. Reinstated exclusions would be retroactive to the October 12 opening of the public docket. The Federal Register notice can be viewed here; this link provides information on how to submit your comments.  A list of the 549 exclusions being considered for reinstatement can be viewed here.

This possible reinstatement of an exclusion process comes at a time when the White House is reportedly considering a new Section 301 investigation into Chinese subsidies. A new investigation could result in the assessment of  tariffs for products not currently included on the Section 301 lists. Further, there is growing support for enforcing China’s commitments for purchasing additional US products; including agricultural goods under the Phase I agreement. This agreement, signed January 2020, suspended the application of additional tariffs on $160 billion in goods imported from China and reduced by half (from 15% to 7.5%) of the tariffs imposed on another $120 billion in goods. In return, China had agreed to increase their purchases of US goods and services by $200 billion over a two-year period. Currently, China’s purchases are well below the pace for complying with their commitment.

The US is hoping that the EU, Japan, and other allies in Asia will join in opposing unfair subsides in China. What is certain is that there is no support in the White House for ending the additional tariffs.



Sam McClure, LCB

Director of Compliance & Customs Services


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