18 June 2019
Hearings on Proposed Tariffs on Virtually All Remaining Trade from Mainland China Get Underway
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has released its schedule of public hearings in connection with a proposal to impose additional tariffs of up to 25 percent on some US$300 billion worth of imports from mainland China not already subject to higher tariffs under the Section 301 process. The proposed additional tariffs would affect a broad range of consumer and other goods, including apparel, footwear, home textiles, and toys and games, as well as numerous electrical and electronic articles and various other products.
The public hearings kicked off on 17 June and will be held every working day thereafter through 25 June, with some 321 witnesses representing a wide array of companies, trade associations and other interested parties scheduled to testify. Post-hearing rebuttal comments will be due seven days after the last day of hearings, or by 2 July. USTR will then consider all the input received and likely make a final decision within the ensuing few weeks.