In a notice published in the Federal Register of December 30, 2019, (84 FR 72102 -72111) the United States Trade Representative (USTR) advised the public that it is considering whether certain products from China that were granted exemptions from additional duties imposed on products of Chinese origin should continue to enjoy the benefits of those exemptions. The exemptions were published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2019, (84 FR 11152-11157) and are scheduled to expire on March 25, 2020.

The USTR is considering a possible extension for up to 12 months of the products granted exclusions on March 25, 2019. The December 30, 2019, notice provides details about the process to follow for submitting comments. Naturally, those parties that have enjoyed the benefit of the exemption should consider participating in the comment process in order to support continuation of the exemption they have enjoyed.

USTR has advised that the docket (USTR-2019-0024) will open for submitting comments on January 15, 2020. To be assured of consideration, USTR states that comments must be submitted by the end of February 15, 2020. Comments are to be submitted via the federal Rulemaking Portal. Please refer to the Federal Register notice for full details on the process and information that must be submitted. Special procedures are also in place regarding submissions that rely upon confidential business information.