Reps. Jackie Walorski and Ron Kind Call on USTR Lighthizer to Establish Tariff Exclusion Process
Yesterday, U.S. Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) called on United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to establish a process that allows U.S. companies to request an exclusion from the recent tariffs imposed on $200 billion of Chinese imports. This process would help U.S. companies retain global competitiveness, and would help target the effects of the tariffs on China, rather than on U.S. companies and consumers. Exclusions were established for all previous rounds of tariffs, but have been neglectfully omitted for the most recent tariffs. Reps. Walorski and Kind were joined by a bipartisan coalition of 167 Members of Congress. This request remains consistent with previous Section 301 exclusion requests. An exclusion process is vital to ensuring that U.S. companies can seek relief in the event that there are no alternative suppliers of the good, or if other special circumstances exist that could harm their ability to compete in the global marketplace.
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