U.S. Trade Rep extends Trump-era tariffs on China as government revises policy – Opinion

Umer Jamshaid

WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – September 03, 2022) The United States Trade Representative (USTR) extends Trump administration-era tariffs on Chinese goods while the government reviews economic policy, according to a notice published Friday in the Federal Register.

“The U.S. Trade Representative has determined that the (tariffs) did not end on their four-year anniversary date and will therefore remain in effect because at least one domestic industry representative who benefits from them.. .has submitted to the U.S. Trade Representative within the last 60 days of this four-year period a written request for continuation of this action,” the notice reads.

The U.S. Trade Representative will conduct a tariff policy review and issue a separate notice outlining the review process, which will include opening a case for interested parties to submit comments, the notice added.

The authority used to impose the tariffs, Section 301 of the Commerce Act of 1974, authorizes the US President to take action, including tariffs, against foreign governments that violate international trade agreements, obstruct or restrict the American trade.

The initial imposition of tariffs on China using the authority began under the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

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