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USTR Initiates 301 Investigation on China’s Policies Targeting the Maritime, Logistics, and Shipbuilding Industries

On April 17, 2024, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it has initiated an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to review China’s acts, policies, and practices targeting the maritime, logistics, and shipbuilding sectors.  The investigation is in response to a petition filed by a coalition of U.S. labor unions alleging that China is using unfair practices to dominate these industries.  In the event that the investigation concludes that China’s practices are unfair and have a significant adverse impact on U.S. domestic industry, USTR is empowered to take actions that include imposing additional tariffs.

USTR is now accepting comments regarding the investigation.  Comments may be submitted though June 5, 2024, but USTR has indicated that comments should be filed by May 22, 2024, to be assured of consideration.  USTR will also conduct a public hearing on May 29, 2024, in Washington, DC.  Requests to testify at the hearing must be filed by May 22, 2024.

GDLSK has extensive experience in assisting interested parties with both submitting comments to USTR and testifying before the agency, having represented a wide range of companies that participated in the Section 301 investigation into China’s forced technology transfer policies and practices that was initiated in 2017.

Should you have any questions regarding this investigation or if you require assistance in submitting comments or appearing at the public hearing, please contact Joseph Spraragen or any of our attorneys.


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