On December 16, 2022, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a Federal Register notice announcing that it was extending the termination date — from December 31, 2022 until September 30, 2023 — for Section 301 tariff exclusions that apply to 352 Chinese products. These exclusions were initially reinstated on March 28, 2022 (see Update of March 25, 2022), and the USTR noted that the extension “will help align further consideration of these exclusions with the ongoing comprehensive four-year review” of the Section 301 investigation of China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.
In early September 2022, the USTR confirmed that domestic industries had reported benefiting from the tariffs — prompting the review — and that such tariffs would continue during the review process (see Update of September 6, 2022). For more details on the review and the public comment period, see Updates of May 3, 2022, October 13, 2022, and November 2, 2022. All comments on this four-year review must be submitted via the online portal at https://comments.USTR.gov on Docket No. USTR-2022-0014. The docket closes on January 17, 2023.