Guidance on List 3 of Sec. 301 Exclusions and Exemptions

By Rudy Ortiz, NADEC Trade Policy Committee

In Sept of 2018, the USTR released List 3 of Section 301 which contained those items coming from China that would incur a 25% tariff upon arrival to the U.S.

Obviously, this tariff has negatively impacted U.S. businesses significantly, especially those that were unaware of the tariff and/or had no means to pass the cost of the tariff on to their customers.

The HTS codes of these items start at 0203.29.20 and end at 9706.00.00; a huge number of items covering everything from various kinds of meat to antiques.

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NADEC Annual Export Conference

Annual Export Conference – May 21-22, Arlington, VA


Don’t Miss the Exporting Event of 2019!

* No other DEC Forum/Conference this Year *

NADEC Annual Export Conference brings together the distinguished speakers, business leaders, high ranking U.S. and foreign government officers, exporters, service providers, and trade promotion agencies to discuss the latest news and updates on the Trade Policy, Export Market Opportunities, and Challenges on focused sectors and regions.

Open to All Exporters and Business Leaders!

Join us at this unique conference where you will have the opportunity to

  • Listen to the business leaders and exporters in break-out sessions and exciting panels on the Trade Policy, Global Market Review, Export Opportunities and Challenges, and DEC Management Best practices
  • Experience speed-networking with the other exporters, and
  • Discuss specific concerns and challenges with the experts in table topic discussions

Keynote Speakers

  • Gilbert Kaplan, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Ambassador CJ Mahoney, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
  • Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens Corporation
  • Spencer Bachus, Member,Board of Directors, EXIM Bank of the U.S.
  • Andrea Gacki, Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), U.S. Department of the Treasury

Focus sectors this year include:

  • Emerging Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Smart Buildings and Infrastructure, and Internet-of-Things
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Aerospace
  • Export of Education Services

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2018 Annual Forum and Export Symposium

Over 130 District Export Council members, Department of Commerce officers and Industry representatives attended the 2018 NADEC Forum and Export Symposium to share the recent developments and work on the pressing issues on U.S. foreign trade and exporting.


Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross addresses the NADEC Export Symposium attendees and provides updates on the recently negotiated USMCA agreement, steel tariffs, and the U.S. economical outlook

 Congratulations to Erin Butler,  Executive Secretary of the Year, 2018


Congratulations to Maryland DEC, District Export Council of the Year, 2018. (Press Release)

NADEC members with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross

This year our speakers included:
Wilbur Ross (U.S. Secretary of Commerce)
Ian Steff  (Performing the non exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service)
Tom McGinty (National Director, U.S. Commercial Service)
Kris Denzel (Senior Director for International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

with panels on

  • How to Get Started/Re-engaged as a DEC Member
  • Taking Your DEC to the Next Level
  • DEC Manual Updates
  • Congressional Engagement Methods
  • Providing Direct Business Assistance

as well as DoC ITA Updates and Speed Networking sessions.

And several panels focusing on the key export issues and updates:

  • Doing Business Where Others Don’t Dare: Russia, Turkey, Cuba
  • Tariffs – China and Everywhere Else
  • The Commercial Piece of the New Indo-Pacific Strategy Policy of the Commerce Department
  • Exim Bank – Show me the Money!

More photos from the event are here

NADEC Legislative Summit

Over 90 District Export Council members, Department of Commerce officers, as well as Industry representatives attended 2018 NADEC Legislative Summit to share the recent developments and work on the pressing issues on U.S. foreign trade and exporting. This year’s NADEC Legislative Summit focused on the perspective from the new administration on trade policies as well as outlook on legislative trade policy issues.

Secretary Wilbur Ross and NADEC leadership
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross with NADEC Chair Robert Brown and Vice Chair Oz Erdem

Secretary Wilbur Ross addressed DEC members at NADEC Legislative Summit

Invited speakers and panelists included:
Keynote remarks by Secretary of Commerce Mr. Wilbur Ross
Ian Steff, Performing the Non-Exclusive Duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets & Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service
John Murphy, SVP for International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Daniel Crocker, Representative, American Foreign Service Association
Linda Dempsey, Vice President, International Economic Affairs at NAM
Pat Kirwan, Director, TPCC, US Department of Commerce
Andy Karellas, Director of Federal Affairs, SIDO
Greg Walters, Assistant USTR for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement
Christina Sevilla, Deputy Assistant USTR for Small Business
Jean Janicke, Director, Office of Trade Negotiations and Analysis, ITA
Amgad Shehata, Senior Manager, UPS Global Public Affairs
Tom Susman, Director, Governmental Affairs Office, American Bar Association
Denise A. Cardman, Deputy Director, Governmental Affairs Office, American Bar Association

Table Topic Discussions moderated by Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA) leadership and Subject Matter Experts:

China-What’s Next, Moderator: Alan Turley
Africa , Moderator: Skip Jones
Europe , Moderator: William Kutson
Western Hemisphere, Moderator: Alex Preacher
IndoPacific, Moderator: Diane Farrell
301 Investigations, Moderator: Jean Janicke
A Conversation with the Deputy Undersecretary, Moderator: Sarah Kemp
Enforcement & Compliance- Anti Dumping and CVD , Moderator: Gary Taverman
CS Priorities, Moderator: Dale Tasharski
International Data Flows and Privacy, Moderator: Michelle Sylvester-Jose
Supply Chain, Moderator: Maureen Smith
Trade in Financial Services, Moderator: Paul Thanos

The second next day of the Summit was devoted to Capitol Hill visits for raising the awareness on the key issues such as NAFTA Renegotiations, EXIM Bank reauthorization, and Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.

The Facts on NAFTA

Source: U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Signed on December 17, 1992, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) entered into force on January 1, 1994. Many of its provisions were implemented immediately or within a few years, but a final handful of trade barriers were lifted on January 1, 2008. As a result, North America has become a virtually tariff-free trade zone, and a host of nontariff barriers to international commerce have been eliminated as well. An estimated 14 million American jobs depend on the $3.5 billion in trade that moves across our borders with Canada and Mexico every day. Much of this trade depends directly on NAFTA, which has in turn enhanced the global competitiveness of North American industry in a rapidly changing global economy.

Amid a great deal of misinformation, understanding NAFTA is more important than ever. While the agreement’s impact has at times been exaggerated, it has proven to be one of the most important and beneficial trade agreements in U.S. history. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges elected officials and business leaders in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to build on this foundation in the years ahead and consider steps to modernize the terms of trade between our economies to spur economic growth and job creation here at home.

Executive Summary:

With a two-decade record to examine, it’s plain the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has generated substantial new opportunities for U.S. workers, farmers, consumers, and businesses.
• Trade with Canada and Mexico supports nearly 14 million American jobs, and nearly 5 million of these jobs are supported by the increase in trade generated by NAFTA.
• The expansion of trade unleashed by NAFTA supports tens of thousands of jobs in each of the 50 states—and more than 100,000 jobs in each of 17 states.
• Since NAFTA entered into force in 1994, trade with Canada and Mexico has nearly quadrupled to $1.3 trillion, and the two countries buy more than one-third of U.S. merchandise exports.
• The United States ran a cumulative trade surplus in manufactured goods with Canada and Mexico of more than $79 billion over the past seven years (2008-2014). For services, the U.S. surplus was $41.8 billion in 2014 alone.
• NAFTA has been a boon to the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers, which added more than 800,000 jobs in the four years after NAFTA entered into force. Canadians and Mexicans purchased $487 billion of U.S. manufactured goods in 2014, generating nearly $40,000 in export revenue for every American factory worker.
• NAFTA has been a bonanza for U.S. farmers and ranchers, helping U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico to increase by 350%.
• With new market access and clearer rules afforded by NAFTA, U.S. services exports to Canada and Mexico have tripled, rising from $27 billion in 1993 to $92 billion in 2014.
• Canada and Mexico are the top two export destinations for U.S. small and medium size enterprises, more than 125,000 of which sold their goods and services in Canada and Mexico in 2014.

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