The U.S. Trade Representative announced a process for U.S. companies to obtain product exclusions from Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports. The Trump Administration levied a 25 percent tariff starting July 6 on $34 billion worth of imported goods from China, including 300 products in the marine category.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association sent out a note encouraging members impacted by the tariffs to review the official notice and request an exclusion. The process is explained at Regulations.gov.
Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA senior vice president of government and legal affairs, said the process will have several important features. The public will have 90 days to file a request for a product exclusion, and the request period will end Oct. 9. After the public posting of the filed request on Regulations.gov, the public will have 14 days to file responses to the request for product exclusion. After the 14-day period concludes, interested parties will have seven more days to reply to the response to support or oppose the request. Exclusions will be effective for one year after publication of the determination in the Federal Register, retroactive to July 6, 2018.