On June 17, IAAPA filed comments to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on its proposal to impose an additional ad valorem duty of up to 25 percent on products of China (List 4 products), pursuant to the Section 301 investigation into China‚Äôs actions, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.

Within the comment, IAAPA explained that while the Section 301 investigation does not generally relate to the business of IAAPA members, IAAPA members do, however, import many items from List 4 which are sold directly to guests as part of the overall guest experience. Tariffs of 25% on these products would significantly increase costs on the industry. Further, the products at issue are in no way high technology products that were the subject of the Section 301 investigation. IAAPA strongly encouraged the USTR to exclude products identified in the Annex (located within the comment) from the final version of List 4. To read the comment, please click here.