The Court of International Trade continues to focus in on issues relating to Chinese-origin goods and on March 17 upheld the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese-origin goods identified on List 3 and List 4A. This decision comes despite the plaintiffs in In re Section 301 Cases arguing that the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and seeking to vacate the tariffs.

This issue has long been debated and this case started two-and-a-half years ago when a group of importers challenged the USTR’s statutory authority to issue a subset of tariffs covering $300 billion of Chinese goods, known as List 3 and List 4A. Our team provides a short summary.