Update on Proposed China Section 301 Actions

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) provided an update on proposed Section 301 actions on imports of China origin goods.

A Federal Register Notice (FRN) proposed Section 301 duty increases for 2024 take effect on August 1, 2024, and for those which are to take effect in 2025 and 2026, to take effect on January 1 of each year. 

The President directed the USTR to establish a process by which interested persons may request that particular machinery used in domestic manufacturing classified within a subheading under Chapters 84 and 85 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) be temporarily excluded from section 301 tariffs, and to prioritize exclusions for certain solar manufacturing equipment. Exclusions granted through this process would be effective through May 31, 2025.

Procedures for requesting exclusions under this process will be published in a separate FRN. The proposed questionnaire is available in the Annex to a May 31, 2024 FRN.

Comments are being accepted on the duty increases from May 29, 2024 through June 28, 2024 at the web portal https://comments.ustr.gov.

Comments for the 301 Exclusion Requests form will be accepted through July 30, 2024 athttp://www.regulations.gov, using Docket Number USTR-2024-0008.

The Americans for Free Trade requested the USTR extend the comment period for the rate increases through July 28, 2024, but there has been no extension to date.

Questions regarding Section 301 on Chinese origin products may be directed to your Livingston account manager.