AFT Statement on Continuation of Section 301 Tariff Exclusions

WASHINGTON, D.C., (December 16, 2022) — Americans for Free Trade (AFT) spokesperson Jonathan Gold released the following statement following the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) announcement of a nine‑month extension for 352 Section 301 tariff exclusions that had been scheduled to expire at the end of the year:

“Today’s announcement is welcome news for the countless U.S. businesses, manufacturers, and farmers who had been unsure of whether these much-needed tariff exclusions would continue. On October 4 in a letter for Ambassador Tai, AFT called for an early decision on the extension of these exclusions, and we are pleased to see that USTR responded to our request. We thank USTR for extending these exclusions, and continue to encourage the implementation of a new, more transparent process for all importers affected by the Section 301 tariffs to apply for future exclusions.”