USTR Releases New 301 Tariff Lists; Far More Than Clothes, Electronics Spared Until December 15
The U.S. Trade Representative released the tariff lines that won’t face additional tariffs until December 15. The list is broader than electronics, clothes and toys which were originally indicated. The report mentions some commodities, including Chemicals, food, camping gear, blankets, baby items, sports equipment, watches/clocks, small appliances, wooden hangers and fireworks all are spared. Overall, 650 tariff lines are covered.
The announcement also mentions the tariff lines in question will be published through the USTR.gov website later: on August 13th. The agency also said there will be some products excluded entirely from the new set of tariffs for health, safety, national security or “other factors,” and that those tariff lines will also be published later in the day.
The list of goods that will be taxed starting September 1 was also released, and covers food, beverages, chemicals, glasses and tableware, blinds, clothing in chapters 6101 through 6117; clothing in chapters 6201 through 6217, blankets, bed linens, tablecloths, footwear in chapters 6401 through 6406.
USTR Issues Product Exclusions from Third Tranche of Section 301 Tariffs
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued its first set of product exclusions from the third group of Section 301 tariffs on goods from China. The new exclusions from the tariffs include “10 specially prepared product descriptions” and cover 15 separate requests, according to the notice. The product exclusions apply retroactively to Sept. 24, 2018, the date the third set of tariffs took effect at 10 percent. The tariffs were subsequently increased to 25 percent. The exclusions will remain in effect until one year after the notice is published.
Trucking Hours of Service Changes Announced
Please see the following update from The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
FMCSA has announced its proposed changes to truck driver Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations.
The proposed changes would:
— Increase flexibility for the 30 minute break rule by tying the break requirement to eight hours of driving time without an interruption for at least 30 minutes, and allowing the break to be satisfied by a driver using on duty, not driving status, rather than off duty.
— Modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10 hours off duty into two periods: one period of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than two consecutive hours, either off duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14-hour driving window.
— Allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than three hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift.
— Modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted.
— Change to the short-haul exception available to certain commercial drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles to 150 air miles.