Last week, Americans for Free Trade sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, requesting “an immediate extension for the limited China 301 tariff exclusions and COVID exclusions, which are currently set to expire on September 30.” The letter urged USTR to act swiftly, since “American businesses make their supply chain and sourcing decisions many months in advance of products arriving here in the U.S.,” and USTR frequently announces these decisions at the last-minute. “Failure to provide early and timely information undermines the Administration’s state goals of ensuring supply chain resiliency.”

The letter also requests that USTR “create a more robust exclusions process that is open to all products that are covered by the China 301 tariffs” and “finalize the results of the four-year statutory review of the 301 tariffs.” USFIA is a signatory on this letter.