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USTR Embarks on Section 301 Review Process


The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is conducting its four-year review of the section 301 investigation of China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation. As part of that review process, USTR is seeking comments on the effectiveness of the actions in achieving the objectives of the investigation, other actions that could be taken, (in addition to or in lieu of the tariffs) and the effects of such actions on the United States economy, including consumers.

Prior engagement on Section 301 by Energy Workforce included filing product exclusions on behalf of Member Companies, and SVP Government Affairs Tim Tarpley testified against new tariffs in 2018. Industry comments are due by January 17, 2023 and questions can be reviewed online.

Specific to the energy industry, USTR is seeking feedback on:

  • Specifically comment on whether the individual goods within the energy sector have been effective in eliminating or counteracting China’s acts, policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation
  • Whether other additional actions could be taken that would be more effective
  • The effects of actions on domestic manufacturing within sector, including capital investments
  • Effects on U.S. workers in sector
  • Effects on small business
  • Effects of actions on energy supply chain

Energy Workforce is forming a working group to submit a formal response to USTR. If your company is interested in joining this working group, contact Energy Workforce Senior Director Energy Policy Maria Suarez-Simmons.

Maria Suarez-Simmons, Senior Director Energy Policy, writes about industry-specific policies for the Energy Workforce & Technology Council. Click here to subscribe to the Energy Workforce newsletter, which highlights sector-specific issues, best practices, activities and more.


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