Importers could see exclusion extensions for Section 301 list 1. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will publish a notice in the Federal Register asking for comments on extending the impending expiration date of December 28, 2019, another 12 months.
The draft notice states, “The focus of the evaluation will be whether, despite the first imposition of these additional duties in July 2018, the particular product remains available only from China.”
According to the notice, commenters should specifically address,
- 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.
The Federal Register has noted that at noon on November 1, 2019—Docket Number USTR-2019-0019—will open for comments on the possible extension of particular exclusions.
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