AEM Submits Comments on Section 301 Tariffs

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1/23/2023

Section 301Earlier this month, AEM Senior Vice President of Government & Industry Relations Kip Eideberg submitted comments to the Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai on the “Four-Year Review of Actions Taken in the Section 301 Investigation: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation (Docket Number USTR-2022-0014). 

As part of its review process, USTR is seeking public comments on the effectiveness of the actions in achieving the objectives of the investigation, other actions that could be taken, and the effects of such actions on the United States economy, including consumers and the equipment manufacturing industry. 

AEM’s public comments highlight the findings of a recent supply chain surveyof more than 150 equipment manufacturing companies, urging the Administration to take action on the taxes assessed on equipment manufacturers in Section 301 tariffs. These tariffs continue to negatively impact the industry’s ability to help build, feed and power the world, and exacerbates an already challenging supply chain and skilled labor environment.  

AEM supports the establishment of an expanded, fair, clean and transparent process to petition for Section 301 tariff exclusions. Expansion of the exclusion process is a critical component to ensure that manufacturers of all sizes should be able to petition the federal government to request exclusions on critically needed products not available domestically. If you would like more information on AEM’s comments or policy initiatives, please do not hesitate to contact our Advocacy Team at advocacy@aem.org

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