The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has posted on its website an advance copy of a Federal Register notice [Docket No. USTR-2019-0003] that advises the public that USTR is reviewing the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation involving the enforcement of U.S. WTO rights in the Large Civil Aircraft dispute. Annex I to the notice contains a list of products currently subject to 10% or 25% additional duties (See 84 Fed. Reg. 54245 and 84 Fed. Reg. 55998). Annex II contains a list of products, originally published in the April 2019 and July 2019 notices in this investigation, under consideration for the imposition of additional ad valorem duties of up to 100 percent (See 84 Fed. Reg. 15028 and 84 Fed. Reg. 32248). USTR requests comments with respect to whether products listed in Annex I should be removed from the list or remain on the list; whether the rate of additional duty on specific products should be increased up to a level of 100 percent; whether additional duties should be imposed on specific products listed in Annex II; and on the rate of additional duty to be applied to products drawn from Annex II.
USTR invites interested persons to address: (i) Whether maintaining or imposing additional duties on a specific product of one or more specific EU member states would be appropriate to enforce U.S. WTO rights or to obtain the elimination of the EU’s WTO-inconsistent measures, and/or would be likely to result in the EU implementing the DSB recommendations in the Large Civil Aircraft dispute or in achieving a mutually satisfactory solution. (ii) Whether maintaining or imposing additional duties on specific products of one or more specific EU member states would cause disproportionate economic harm to U.S. interests, including small or medium-size businesses and consumers. To be assured of consideration, submit comments by January 13, 2020.