Rulemaking Process Commenced for Fourth List of China 301 Duties
The fourth list of tariff numbers—which could become subject to China 301 customs duties—was published in the Federal Register last Friday, May 17, 2019. As previously reported by The Vision Council in its alert on May 14, this list includes core member products including lenses, frames, sunglasses, reading glasses and other low vision devices.
Right now, the rate of duty has not been set but it will not exceed 25 percent. Furthermore, such duties have not become active, but we expect them to go into effect no earlier than the end of June.
Comments opposing the proposed action must be filed by June 17, 2019. To assist members interested in filing comments, The Vision Council will soon provide access to templates members can use to voice their opposition to China 301 duties on optical products. Once these templates are drafted, we will advise and stand ready to assist in the filing process. Alternatively, members can fashion and file their own comments and submit them here. Additionally, The Vision Council will be requesting an opportunity to be heard at a public hearing on this issue scheduled for June 17, in Washington D.C.
The Vision Council is working with an affiliated association representing the dispensing end of the optical businesses to highlight the medical aspects of The Vision Council's members' products. These points will be central to our comments and testimony. Based on the few exceptions carved out of the first three rounds of China 301 duties after their respective comment periods closed, we expect limited exceptions to the fourth list. The Vision Council urges members to plan accordingly.
The Vision Council will alert members when the comment templates are ready for use. Any questions about this issue can be directed to Rick Van Arnam, The Vision Council's regulatory counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.