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301 UPDATES

June 3, 2024

The last 30 days have brought many updates to Section 301 duties, exclusions and more.  The action all started on May 14, 2024, when the USTR announced that further action would be taken against China’s unfair technology transfer policies and practices.  It was announced that key products would be subject to new rates over the next two years.  

May 22, 2024, there was a follow up to the May 14 announcement which further defined that 382 HTSUS subheadings and 5 statistical reporting numbers of the HTSUS are the specific products that will have the increases in 2024, 2025 and 2026.  This notice also noted that an exclusion process is being established for machinery used in domestic manufacturing and under certain subheadings under chapters 84 and 85 of the HTSUS.  Finally, this notice proposes 19 temporary exclusions for solar manufacturing equipment.

Finally, on May 24, 2024, the USTR published details about the disposition of the existing Section 301 exclusions 9903.88.67 and 9903.88.68 which have been scheduled to expire on May 31, 2024.  In summary, all exclusions under 9903.88.67 and 9903.88.68 have been extended to July 14, 2024.  On July 15, 2024, a new exclusion will be effective.  The new exclusion, under 9903.88.69 will cover 87 of the original 352 exclusions under 9903.88.67.  

For more details, check out our 3 Client advisories released during May linked below.

Section 301 Action MAY 14 2024USTR Notice on 301 Duty Increases Proposed ExclusionsUSTR NOTICE ON EXISTING 9903.88.67 AND 9903.88.68 EXCLUSIONS
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Forced Labor Focus

The recent June 12, 2024, Federal Register notice added three entities to the UFLPA Entity List showing increasing focus on three additional commodities. The entities which were added are suspected of working with the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to recruit, transport, transfer, harbor or receive forced labor or Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, or members of other persecuted groups out of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

The areas of increased focus include shoe and shoe materials, frozen seafood, vegetables, quick frozen convenience food and other aquatic food, and electrolytic aluminum, graphite carbon, and prebaked anodes.

To read more, check out the full register notice linked below.

Fines with disclosure

On June 24, 2024, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Matthew S. Axelrod signed a settlement agreement with an exporter for violations of EAR. The violations occurred because of forty-two different shipments over the course of 4 years which were classified under ECCNs 1C353. These instances were subject to export licenses, but no licenses were obtained prior to exportation.

The exporter has a compliance team and upon recognition of the issue, submitted a voluntary self-disclosure. To read more details, check out the link below.

BIS imposed a civil penalty of $44,750 for violations of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

On June 3, 2024, the BIS imposed a civil penalty of $44,750 for violations of the antiboycott provisions of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  In the press release, Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Matthew S. Axelrod said “Our antiboycott rules against furnishing prohibited information and failing to report boycott-related requests apply with the same force even when another U.S. company is the one making the information requests.”  He goes on to say “U.S. companies are reminded to be vigilant in examining all transaction documents, regardless of the source, to ensure terms and conditions comply with our antiboycott rules.”

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