On April 6, 2018, USTR published in the Federal Register notice of determination and request for comments and public hearing [Docket No. USTR–2018–0005] relating to China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. USTR has determined that the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation covered in the investigation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce. USTR is seeking public comment and will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed determination on appropriate action in response to these acts, policies, and practices. USTR proposes an additional duty of 25 percent on a list of products from China. The list of products, defined by 8-digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), is set out in the Annex to the Federal Register Notice.
To be assured of consideration, comments and responses must be submitted in accordance with the following schedule:
- April 23, 2018: Due date for filing requests to appear and a summary of expected testimony at the public hearing and for filing pre-hearing submissions.
- May 11, 2018: Due date for submission of written comments.
- May 15, 2018: The Section 301 Committee will convene a public hearing in the main hearing room of the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW Washington DC 20436 beginning at 10:00 a.m.
- May 22, 2018: Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments.
For additional information, see our April 5, 2018 blog posting