On August 3, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice requesting comments on whether to extend specific exclusions on Chinese imports from the Section 301 List 1 that are set to expire on October 2, 2020. Companies whose products were granted exclusions in notices published on October 2, 2019, December 17, 2019, and February 11, 2020 are eligible to submit comments. The due date for companies to submit their comments is August 30, 2020. USTR has stated that it will focus its evaluation on whether, despite the first imposition of these additional duties, the particular product remains available only from China. Additionally, USTR encourages companies to specifically address the following in their submission:
- Whether the particular product and/or a comparable product is available from sources in the United States and/or in third countries.
- Any changes in the global supply chain since July 2018 with respect to the particular product or any other relevant industry developments.
- The efforts, if any, the importers or U.S. purchasers have undertaken since July 2018 to source the product from the United States or third countries.
- Whether the imposition of additional duties on the products will result in sever economic harm to the commenter.
We encourage clients and companies to review the list of excluded products on our Section 301 page and to contact Husch Blackwell’s International Trade and Supply Chain team with any questions or concerns.