USTR Requesting Comments On Proposed Section 301 Articles List 4

May 15, 2019

The USTR published its request (84 Fed Reg 21389) on May 14, 2019 for comments concerning the proposed modification of Section 301 Articles to include a new List 4 (approximate annual trade value of $300 billion), containing 3,805 full and partial tariff subheadings. The notice does not state the exact tariff that will be assessed, only that “additional tariffs of up to 25% may be placed on these items.” The good news is that the list excludes pharmaceuticals, certain pharmaceutical inputs, select medical goods, rare earth materials, and critical minerals. The bad news is that toys, apparel, home goods, shoes, electronics, sporting goods and child safety seats are included on the list.

The USTR has not announced an effective date for the List 4 items.

Important Dates 

  • June 10, 2019: Due date for filing requests to appear and a summary of the expected testimony at the public hearing.
  • June 17, 2019: Due date for electronic submission of actual written comments. 
  • June 17, 2019: The Section 301 Committee will convene a public hearing at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
  • Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments will be due seven days after the last day of the public hearing.

For further information or questions about this or other customs issues, contact George R. Tuttle, III at or at (415) 986-8780.


George R. Tuttle, III is an attorney with the Law Offices of George R. Tuttle in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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