The last opportunity for public comment regarding the U.S. Trade Representative’s Section 301 investigation expires at midnight tonight, May 22. Currently, the investigation is still ongoing despite Trump Administration officials comments that the proposed “trade war” with China was off the table following productive meetings with the Chinese government that concluded in a join press release on May 19. NAEGA is very closely engaged with the Trump Administration in their ongoing discussion with the Chinese government. According to the White House, the Chinese government has agreed to purchase more farm and agricultural products.
The U.S. Trade Representative is seeking public comment on its findings under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 that the Government of China’s policies on technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation that are unreasonable and discriminatory. In relation to these findings, the Trade Representative proposes an additional duty of 25 percent on a list of products from China. In addition to receiving public comment, USTR will also hold a hearing on May 15, 2018. Parties interested in testifying before the hearing or participating in the public comment period should adhere to the following schedule:
Please contact NAEGA if you are interested in participating in these comments.