The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that it will seek to impose tariffs of up to 25% on a new round of imports from China as part of the ongoing trade dispute. Tariffs of more than $250 billion in Chinese imports were already imposed in three separate proceedings (Lists 1, 2 and 3). The proposed List 4 covers nearly all of the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports. Please see the federal register notice for additional details on the specific products included on List 4. The listing process has been accelerated by USTR as part of the current negotiation strategy with the Chinese.
PESA is taking two separate actions on List 4 to assist Member Companies as they are impacted by these new developments.
First, PESA will testify on behalf of our Members, urging USTR to remove products imported by PESA members from List 4. We will submit a summary of proposed testimony including supporting material for each product discussed to USTR on June 10. Supporting material submitted by our Members will be included in this testimony if received by June 7.
Second, in a separate action, when USTR officially opens an exclusion process for List 4, PESA will file individual product exclusion requests with USTR for Member Companies who import products on the list for a single charge of $3,000 per request. Each exclusion request will be prepared by trade attorneys trained in the USTR exclusion process. Should one of these individual product exclusion requests be accepted by USTR, imports of this specific product will be exempt from the new 25% tariffs if and when they go into effect. PESA will also file exclusions should USTR decide to open an exclusion process for list 3.
If your company is interested in participating in the PESA testimony to USTR, the filing of exclusion requests, or both, please contact PESA Vice President Government Affairs Tim Tarpley as soon as possible (no later then May 24) for additional details on necessary information for either action.
May 10, 2019: PESA Opposes Imposition of New 25% Tariff on Certain Imports into U.S. from China
February 20, 2019: Spending Bill Includes Directives to USTR on the Tariffs Exclusion Process
February 20, 2019: PESA Co-Hosts “Tariffs Hurt the Heartland” Town Hall in Houston
September 19, 2018: PESA Works with Member Companies on 301 Exclusion Process