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USTR Releases China Tariffs List 4a Exclusion Process

On Sunday, October 20, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published the procedures  for requesting the exclusion of particular products from the Section 301 List 4a tariffs against China. The procedures will be effective beginning Thursday, October 31, 2019.

Exclusion Information Required by USTR

USTR is seeking specific information, data and the rationale for the requested exclusion. To submit an exclusion request, requesters must first register on the portal at https://exclusions.ustr.gov/s/login/, which will open at noon EDT on October 31, 2019.

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China Tariffs Increase Suspended

On Friday, October 11, 2019, the United States Administration announced a Phase 1 interim deal with China. The Phase 1 deal with China will require China to purchase U.S. agricultural products and set a currency standard for the China renminbi. It will also strengthen protections of U.S. intellectual property rights and provide access to Chinese markets for U.S. financial services firms. The United States will suspend the increase in tariffs from 25% to 30% on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports which was scheduled to take effect on October 15, 2019.

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Retail Imports to See Surge Ahead of December Tariffs

Source: National Retail Federation Press Release October 9, 2019

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to hit their highest level of the year again next month, just before more tariffs take effect in December, according to the Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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EU Tariffs: Additional Tariffs on $7.5 Billion of European Union Goods

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office issued a press release in response to a World Trade Organization (WTO) finding that $7.5 billion in subsidies provided to Airbus by the European Union (EU) have “seriously injured” the United States (U.S.) aerospace industry. As a result of the findings, the U.S. will place WTO-approved tariffs on EU goods.

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China Tariffs: More Exclusions Announced for Lists 1 and 2

On Friday, September 27, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released two notices of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 1 and 2 products currently subject to a 25% tariff as follows:

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September 2019 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Source: Institute for Supply Management October 1, 2019

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in September, and the overall economy grew for the 125th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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China Tariffs: USTR Releases Product Exclusions for Lists 1, 2, and 3

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released three notices of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 1-3 products currently subject to a 25% tariff as follows:

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China Tariffs Increase Delayed

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the president of the United States announced that “as a gesture of good will” the United States will delay the 5% increase in tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports originally scheduled for October 1, 2019. The increase is now scheduled for October 15, 2019.

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Retail Imports Surging Again Ahead of More Tariffs

Source: National Retail Federation Press Release – September 10, 2019

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports reached unusually high numbers just before new tariffs on goods from China took effect September 1, and are expected to surge again before another round of tariffs takes effect in December, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

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August 2019 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

Source: Institute for Supply Management – September 3, 2019

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector contracted in August, and the overall economy grew for the 124th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

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