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Senate Lawmakers Urge Tariff Exclusion Process for Latest Round of Tariffs on Chinese Imports

Sunday, November 18, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

A bipartisan group of Senate lawmakers, led by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Doug Jones (D-AL), sent a letter urging U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to establish a process allowing U.S. companies to request an exclusion from tariffs recently imposed on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The senators expressed concern that many of the section 301 tariffs imposed on Chinese imports will have a negative economic effect on American consumers, businesses and workers, according to the letter. As a result, the senators said, “American manufacturers should have access to a tariff exemption process so they can continue to source components and materials from China, particularly when there is no alternate supplier.” Exclusion processes were established for the previous two Section 301 tariff lists.

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