In a March 23, 2020 notice, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) has solicited comments identifying additional medical-care items that should be excluded from China Section 301 tariffs in light of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
The comment period will remain open at least until June 25, 2020 (subject to potential extensions as deemed appropriate). There is also a mechanism for parties to file responses to comments.
Independent of the current action, the USTR has already approved approximately 200 separate exclusions covering personal protective equipment and other medical-care related products. In the current action, the USTR is seeking input as to whether there are additional items that are needed to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak that should be excluded.
Any comment must identify the particular product of concern and explain precisely how the product relates to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak (e.g., whether a product is directly used to treat COVID-19, to limit the outbreak, and/or is used in the production of needed medical-care products). Comments may be submitted even if there has been a previous request on the item that is either pending or has been denied. Specific filing requirements are provided.
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