USTR Starts Next Phase of Four-Year Review; Continue Sharing the Impact of Section 301 Tariffs on Your Business
On Nov. 15, 2022, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) opened the public comment portal for stakeholders to submit comments in its four-year review of the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China.
The USTR submission form collects information in three areas:
- Effectiveness of the Actions & Economy-wide Comments
- Sector/Industry-Specific Comments
- Product Specific Comments
USTR 4-Year Submission Form (Word Doc)
More information can be found on the main USTR four-year review webpage.
The web portal for comments will be closed to comments on Jan. 17, 2023.
Note that these are comments regarding the impact of tariffs, not requests for tariff exclusions. USTR has not determined whether it will renew existing exclusions or provide an opportunity for new exclusions to be requested; comments will inform on that decision.
Auto Care Association members are encouraged to submit comments on the impact of Section 301 tariffs on your industry and/or individual products.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced yesterday that it is initiating the next phase of the four-year (“necessity review”) process of the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China.
USTR is seeking public comments and conducting a review of the effectiveness in achieving the objectives of Section 301 and the effects of such actions on the United States economy, including consumers.
The notice states that USTR will open a docket for public comments on Nov. 15, 2022. The deadline to submit written comments is Jan. 17, 2023.
Comments with respect to any aspect of the above considerations, including comments on:
- The effectiveness of the actions in obtaining the elimination of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.
- The effectiveness of the actions in counteracting China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.
- Other actions or modifications that would be more effective in obtaining the elimination of or in counteracting China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.
- The effects of the actions on the U.S. economy, including U.S. consumers.
- The effects of the actions on domestic manufacturing, including in terms of capital investments, domestic capacity and production levels, industry concentrations, and profits.
- The effects of the actions on U.S. technology, including in terms of U.S. technological leadership and U.S. technological development.
- The effects of the actions on U.S. workers, including with respect to employment and wages. The effects of the actions on U.S. small businesses.
- The effects of the actions on U.S. supply chain resilience.
- The effects of the actions on the goals of U.S. critical supply chains outlined in Executive Order 14017 and in subsequent reports and findings.
- Whether the actions have resulted in higher additional duties on inputs used for additional manufacturing in the United States than the additional duties on particular downstream product(s) or finished good(s) incorporating those inputs.
CONTINUE SHARING YOUR TARIFF IMPACT STORY
The Auto Care Association encourages automotive aftermarket companies impacted by the Section 301 tariffs to inform policymakers how these issues affect your business through participation in USTR’s review by filing a written submission.
We also encourage you to share your story through the Auto Care Association’s member survey. Your feedback will play a valuable role in the association's written comments and in our efforts to continuously strengthen our advocacy efforts.
TAKE THE SURVEY
USTR issued a notice in May 2022 commencing the statutory process required leading up to the four-year anniversary of the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China. Under the first phase of the review, USTR sought comments from domestic stakeholders for requests to continue the Section 301 actions for List 1 and List 2. Following receipt of those requests, USTR confirmed the continuation of the Section 301 tariffs on September 2.
is director, market intelligence at Auto Care Association. With more than a dozen years of experience in market research, Chung provides the industry with timely information on key factors and trends influencing the health of the automotive aftermarket to help businesses throughout the supply chain make better business decisions. Chung has earned degrees in chemical engineering, environmental health, and business administration. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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