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COMPROMISE UYGHUR FORCED LABOR PREVENTION ACT PASSED BY HOUSE, TO BE TAKEN UP BY THE SENATE

On December 14, 2021, Representative Jim McGovern and Senator Marco Rubio announced agreement on a compromise version of the proposed Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.  The bill was promptly passed unanimously by the House of Representatives and is expected to be taken up by the Senate very shortly with an eye towards forwarding it to […]

REMOVAL OF CERTAIN GENERAL APPROVED EXCLUSIONS UNDER THE SECTION 232 STEEL AND ALUMINUM TARIFF EXCLUSION PROCESS

In a notice to be published in the Federal Register on December 9, 2021, the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announces the removal of thirty General Approved Exclusions (GAEs) under the Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariff action. By way of background, a series of Presidential Proclamations issued […]

THREE COUNTRIES TO BE DROPPED FROM THE AGOA PROGRAM IN THE ABSENCE OF URGENT POLICY CHANGES

On November 2, 2021, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that Guinea, Mali and Ethiopia will be terminated from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) program, effective January 1, 2022, in the absence of urgent internal policy changes. The administration expressed concern over unconstitutional government changes in Guinea and Mali, and gross violations of […]

NOTICE OF CHINA 301 LIST 3 PRODUCT EXCLUSION EXTENSION AMENDMENT

The USTR has announced the following technical amendment of a China 301 List 3 product exclusion extension: The extended exclusion described as “Lockers, of steel (described in statistical reporting number 9403.20.0050)” has been amended to read “Lockers, of steel (described in statistical reporting number 9403.20.0050 or 9403.20.0078).” This extended exclusion still runs through December 31, […]

USTR SEEKING COMMENTS ON THE EXTENSION OF CERTAIN ADDITIONAL EXPIRING CHINA 301 LIST 4 EXCLUSIONS

On July 16, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has issued a notice requesting comments on whether certain additional expiring China 301 List 4 tariff exclusions should be extended. To date, the USTR has issued six notices of List 4 product exclusions, all of which are scheduled to expire on September 1, […]

USTR SEEKING COMMENTS ON THE EXTENSION OF CERTAIN EXPIRING CHINA 301 LIST 3 EXCLUSIONS

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) has issued a notice requesting comments on whether certain soon to expire China 301 tariff exclusions should be extended. The exclusions at issue are those described in the 11 List 3 product exclusion notices issued as of March 26, 2020.  These exclusions are scheduled to expire on […]

UPDATE: USTR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIONS GRANTED TO SEC. 301 LIST 3 PRODUCTS AND TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO PREVIOUS EXCLUSIONS

On February 19, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced that 47 additional HTS provisions and product descriptions will be excluded from the Section 301 trade remedies imposed on Chinese-origin products. The newly announced exclusions all relate to items on China 301 List 3 (the $200 billion trade action) which, unless excluded, are subject to […]

UPDATE: USTR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIONS GRANTED TO SEC. 301 LIST 1 PRODUCTS AND TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO NUMEROUS PREVIOUS EXCLUSIONS

On February 10, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced that 4 additional HTS provisions and product descriptions will be excluded from the Section 301 trade remedies imposed on Chinese-origin products. The newly announced exclusions all relate to items on China 301 List 1 (the $34 billion trade action) which, unless excluded, are subject to […]

UPDATE: USTR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIONS GRANTED TO SEC. 301 LIST 3 PRODUCTS

On December 12, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced that 44 additional HTS provisions and product descriptions will be excluded from the Section 301 trade remedies imposed on Chinese-origin products. The newly announced exclusions all relate to items on China 301 List 3 (the $200 billion trade action) which, unless excluded, are subject to […]

UPDATE: USTR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EXCLUSIONS GRANTED TO SEC. 301 LIST 3 PRODUCTS

On November 7, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced that 36 additional product descriptions will be excluded from the Section 301 trade remedies imposed on Chinese-origin products. The newly announced exclusions all relate to items on China 301 List 3 (the $200 billion trade action) which, unless excluded, are subject to an additional tariff […]