Walorski Calls for Exclusion Process for Section 301 Tariffs on Chinese Imports
U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-IN) this week joined a bipartisan group of 101 congressional lawmakers to urge the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to establish a new exclusion process that would allow U.S. importers to request relief from Section 301 tariffs on imports. from China.
“While we strongly support strong and effective action to combat unfair trade practices from China, we believe there must be a meaningful opportunity for US businesses to seek tariff relief,” wrote the members in an April 27 letter to USTR Katherine Tai.
While Representative Walorski and her colleagues have expressed support for the recent extension of tariff exclusions by the USTR for COVID-19-related products, they believe the current exclusions are insufficient to provide much-needed relief for businesses and workers. grappling with economic hardship caused by the ongoing pandemic, according to their letter.
“A new exclusion process would support domestic businesses and their workers, as many products subject to Section 301 tariffs are critical inputs for U.S. supply chains and manufacturing plants that have supported jobs in the United States during this crisis, ”they wrote.
Such a process would also provide American businesses in many industries – including manufacturing, agriculture, fishing, retail, energy, technology and services – an opportunity to seek exclusions in accordance with economic interests and foreign policy, wrote Rep. Walorski and members.
And such a process should be “administered in a way that does not undermine broader bipartisan support and of critical importance in addressing serious concerns about China’s behavior,” wrote Representative Walorski and her colleagues.