Winston & Strawn’s International Trade Commission Practice will present an eLunch titled “Solutions to Section 301 Tariffs on Products from China—Managing the Shock of 25% Increase in Cost of Goods” on August 1, 2018 at 12:15 p.m. Central.
As part of an on-going international trade dispute between the United States and China, on July 6, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) imposed additional 25% tariffs on the importation of products from China that fall within 818 different classifications of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Since that time, the USTR has proposed additional 25% tariffs on an another large group of tariff classifications, and the week of July 9 proposed additional 10% tariffs on a third set of tariff classifications. These additional tariffs are based on an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 into the government of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.
These Section 301 tariffs are a financial shock to many Chinese suppliers and their U.S. customers and may even drive some companies out of business. However, there are procedures available for seeking removal of certain HTSUS classes of goods from the Section 301 tariffs, other procedures for seeking exemptions of particular products from those tariffs, and if necessary, supply chains can be reconfigured to avoid those tariffs.