capital report: august 21, 2018

A Recap of the Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Imports

Since President Trump’s announcement earlier this year that the U.S. would take steps to protect U.S. technology from China’s unfair trade practices, the administration has released three lists of imports from China that would be subject to an additional tariff. Below is a recap on the current status of each tariff list.

  • First Tariff List – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the final first tariff list (Annex A & B) on June 15. The list includes 818 products valued at $34 billion. Duties went into effect on July 6, 2018. On July 11, 2018, USTR released a notice detailing the procedure for parties to submit exclusion requests. Exclusion requests are due Oct. 9, 2018.
  • Second Tariff List – USTR released the final second tariff list on Aug. 7. The list includes 279 products valued at $16 billion. Duties go into effect this Thursday, Aug. 23. The exclusion process has not be released yet.
  • Third Tariff List - On July 10, USTR released a proposed third list of products imported from China that would be subject to an additional duty of 10 percent. In a subsequent Federal Register notice, USTR stated that it was considering raising the tariff to 25 percent and has extended the deadline for submitting public comments to Sept. 6, 2018.

Auto Care will continue to keep its membership updated with any new developments. For more information, please visit our Section 301 resource page or contact Angela Chiang.


USTR Seeks Comments on Identifying Foreign Markets for Counterfeit Goods

Last week, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice requesting comments to assist in identifying internet and physical markets based outside the U.S. that should be included in the 2018 Notorious Markets List. The Notorious Markets List identifies marketplaces that either facilitate or directly engage in counterfeiting or copyright piracy, causing significant financial losses for manufacturing rights holders.

Written comments are due by Oct. 1, 2018. Rebuttal or other information to be considered is due by Oct. 15, 2018. Last year, the Auto Care Association submitted comments identifying Alibaba and Taobao as notorious online markets selling counterfeit automotive parts, tools and equipment marketed with members’ brands.

We would appreciate input from members for inclusion in this year’s report and request that members provide information on intellectual property rights concerns, including trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets.

Please contact Angela Chiang with any comments you would like included in the association’s submission no later than Wednesday, Sept. 19. Members can also file their own comments through (Docket USTR-2018-0027).

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