U.S. Supply Chain

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a draft Federal Register notice outlining its process to review the Section 301 duties imposed on imported goods pursuant to the Large Civil Aircraft Dispute with the European Union (EU).  This review is required by statute (Section 306(b)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974) and may result in goods

U.S. Supply Chain

On June 8, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued new product exclusions pertaining to the 7.5% Section 301 List 4A tariffs.  The new list of exclusions includes two 10-digit HTS subheadings and 32 specially prepared product descriptions that together cover 55 separate exclusion requests.  The full list of excluded products is available here

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) released the final implementing regulations of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) on June 3, 2020, an important step for when the USMCA goes into effect on July 1, 2020. The implementing regulations cover the interpretation, application, and administration of the rules of origin, textile and apparel

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced on June 2, 2020 that it is initiating Section 301 investigations on Digital Services Taxes (“DSTs”) adopted or under consideration by Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, the European Union (“EU”), India, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom (“U.K.”). The Section 301 DST investigations could lead

On May 21, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued new product exclusions pertaining to the 25% Section 301 List 3 Tariffs.  The new list of exclusions includes seventeen 10-digit HTS subheadings and sixty-one specially prepared product descriptions that together cover 103 separate exclusion requests.  The full list of excluded products is available here

U.S. Supply Chain

On May 13, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued new product exclusions pertaining to the 7.5% Section 301 List 4A Tariffs.  The new list of exclusions includes three 10-digit HTS subheadings and five specially prepared product descriptions that together cover 27 separate exclusion requests.  The full list of excluded products is available here

On May 4, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued new product exclusions pertaining to the 25% Section 301 List 3 Tariffs.  The new list of exclusions include two 10-digit HTSUS subheadings and 144 specially prepared product descriptions covering 185 separate exclusion requests total. The products affected include mostly industrial components, such as vacuum

On April 24, 2020, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that Mexico and Canada had taken the necessary additional measures to comply with their commitments under the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA).  The U.S. also notified the governments of Mexico and Canada that the U.S. had completed its domestic procedures to implement the USMCA.  Mexico

On April 22, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) issued new product exclusions pertaining to the 25% Section 301 List 3 Tariffs.  The new list of exclusions includes one 10-digit HTSUS subheading (8424.90.9080 covering parts of certain projecting, dispersing or spraying devices) and 107 specially prepared product descriptions corresponding to a particular HTSUS subheading.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of law and public policy, and trade has certainly been no exception.  Given that the supply chains for many critical medical supplies and forms of personal protective equipment (“PPE”) run through China, it was inevitable that this impact would affect the Section 301 investigation of