USTR Proposes Section 301 tariffs on French imports

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On December 2, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) proposed Section 301 tariffs be implemented on certain French imports. USTR cites France’s Digital Services Tax as the reason for the proposed trade action, claiming the tax is “unreasonable or discriminatory and burdens or restricts U.S. commerce.”

The proposed plan covers 63 HTS subheadings with an estimated import trade value of $2.4 billion. The goods impacted include cheese, wine, yogurt, makeup, household products, and more.

USTR invites written public comment to be submitted by January 6, 2020. Additionally, USTR is hosting a public hearing on January 7, 2020, and asks to have submission requests to appear at the hearing in by December 30, 2019.

If you would like to submit written comment, you can do so at The docket number is USTR-2019-0009.

The full notice from USTR can be found here.

Trans-Border will continue to monitor the situation. If you have any questions, please reach out to Bill Carey, Import Compliance Manager, at or (800) 493-9444.

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