USTR asking companies if tariffs have hurt ag manufactures during exclusion process
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has announced the reopening of the tariff exclusion process with China to see how tariffs are impacting ag manufacturers.
Alex Russo, Senior Advisor of Global Public Policy with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers says the administration is looking at extending exclusions for 549 products. “There are certain products on that are important for U.S. agriculture interests but more specifically it’s the acknowledgement that the tariffs as a whole are not working and there needs to be a process involved for U.S. companies to petition the government to remove those tariffs on certain products.”
The tariff exclusion process allows U.S. companies and third parties to petition the government if the tariff placed on goods causes economic harm.
USTR opened a 50-day comment process on Tuesday wanting submissions to be focused on product availability, global supply chain impacts, product sourcing and capacity.
Russo tells Brownfield AEM wants an open and transparent process that reoccurs when the exclusion deadline approaches. “But as long as the process is there, the companies and the American public can petition the U.S. government, provide data and use factual arguments to see whether or not these tariffs should be put on these products.”
He says this is a step in the right direction but urges the USTR to reopen the entire exclusion process.
Alex Russo, Senior Advisor of Global Public Policy: