On December 28, 2016, he Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice of public hearing and request for comments [Docket No. USTR-2016-0025] by the interagency Section 301 Committee to assist USTR in connection with the request of representatives of the U.S. beef industry to reinstate action against the European Union (EU) pursuant to Section 306(c) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2416(c)). Prior to reinstating trade action, USTR will conduct a review of the effectiveness of such an action, and of other actions that could be taken (including actions against other products), in achieving the objectives of Section 301 of this title (19 U.S.C. 2411); and the effects of such actions on the United States economy, including consumers. See the Federal Register notice for the schedule and deadlines for submitting requests to testify and written comments and well as post-hearing rebuttal comments.

USTR has prepared a list of products under consideration for the imposition of increased duties, which may be found in Annex I to the Federal Register notice. A list of products initially subject to increased duties starting in 1999 and in effect in whole or part until 2011, may be found in Annex II.

The hearing will be held on February 15, 2017.