On August 7, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a document extending the public comment period to a notice [Docket No. USTR-2018-0026] published on July 17, 2018 (83 Fed. Reg. 33608), in which USTR proposed a modification of the action taken in the Section 301 investigation of China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation in the form of an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion. The July 17th notice sought public comment and provided notice of a public hearing regarding this proposed modification of the action in the investigation. On August 1, 2018, USTR announced that the President had directed USTR to consider raising the level of the additional duty in the proposed supplemental action from 10 percent to 25 percent. In light of this possible increase in the rate of additional duty, USTR is extending certain comment periods set out in the July 17th notice.
To be assured of consideration, you must submit comments [Docket No. USTR-2018- 0026] and responses in accordance with the following schedule:
- The due date for filing requests to appear and a summary of expected testimony at the public hearing and for filing pre-hearing submissions is extended from July 27 to August 13, 2018.
- September 6, 2018: The due date for submission of written comments is extended from August 17 to September 6, 2018.
- August 20-23, 2018: The scheduled start date of the Section 301 hearing (August 20) has not changed.
The Section 301 Committee may extend the length of the hearing depending on the number of additional interested persons who request to appear. The Section 301 Committee will convene the public hearing in the main hearing room of the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW Washington DC 20436 beginning at 9:30 am on August 20, 2018.
- September 6, 2018: The due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments is extended from August 30 to September 6, 2018