U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate economic impact of China tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States International Trade Commission is performing an investigation into the economic impact of both Section 301 tariffs and Section 232 tariffs placed on steel and aluminum.

The Section 301 tariffs that have been in place since the fall of 2018 have impacted a wide range of Chinese-made products, including furniture. This, in turn, resulted in many importers shifting production of wood furniture and upholstery to places like Vietnam, Malaysia, India and other parts of Asia.

The inquiry will address tariffs that have remained in place as of March 15, 2022.

Key dates for the process include the following:

July 6: Deadline for filing requests to appear at a July 21 public hearing in Washington, D.C.

July 8: Deadline for filing prehearing briefs and statements.

July 14: Deadline for filing electronic copies of oral hearing statements

July 21: Public hearing at the offices of the U.S. International Trade Commission

Aug. 12: Deadline for filing posthearing briefs and statements

Aug. 24: Deadline for filing all other written submissions

March 15, 2023: Transmittal of the Commission report to House and Senate Appropriations Committees

Additional information specific to the investigation is available by contacting Project Leader Peter Herman at Peter.Herman@usitc.gov or 202-205-3186; or Deputy Project Leader Kelsi Van Veen at Kelsi.VanVeen@usitc.gov or 202-205-3086. Information on various legal aspects of the investigation is available from William Gearhart of the Commission’s Office of the General Counsel at William.Gearhart@usitc.gov or 202-205-3091.

More details about the ITC investigation can be found here.

Thomas Russell

Home News Now Editor-in-Chief Thomas Russell has covered the furniture industry for 25 years at various daily and weekly consumer and trade publications. He can be reached at tom@homenewsnow.com and at 336-508-4616.

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