CSMS# 19-000095 – UPDATE- Section 301 Increased Duties Postponed

02/28/2019 04:46 PM EST

ACE Reports

BACKGROUND:

On September 21, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a Notice of Modification of Action in the Section 301 investigation providing for the imposition of additional import duties on over 5,700 full and partial eight-digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) on goods imported from the People’s Republic of China (China). See Federal Register 83 FR 47974.

The rate of additional duties was initially 10 percent. Those additional duties were effective starting on September 24, 2018, and are currently in effect. Under Annex B of the September 21 notice, the rate of additional duty was set to increase to 25 percent on January 1, 2019. On December 19, 2018, USTR published a Federal Register notice changing the effective date of the duty increase to March 2, 2019. See Federal Register 83 FR 65198, December 19, 2018.On February 24, 2019, the President directed a further delay in the duty increase.

GUIDANCE:
Until further notice, the duty rate for the goods covered by the September 21, 2018 Federal Register notice, as amended, will remain at 10 percent. The Section 301 duties currently only apply to products of China, and are based on the country of origin, not country of export.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
For further information, please refer to USTR’s web site at USTR.gov and the Federal Register for official announcements on this matter.

Questions related to Section 301 entry filing requirements should be emailed to traderemedy@cbp.dhs.gov. Questions from the importing community concerning ACE rejections should be referred to their Client Representative.

Related CSMS No. 18-000757, 18-000752, 18-000642

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