Signed: Phase One Trade Deal
Last week, President Donald Trump and China’s Vice-Premier Liu He formally signed the Phase One trade deal, easing the recent friction.
List 3 Tariff Exclusions
The American Lighting Association (ALA) is tracking all lighting-related tariff exclusions granted from List 3.
Proposition 65: Your Help Is Needed
ALA is working with California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to bring Prop 65 relief to manufacturers and showrooms.
DOE Issues Final Process Rule
Also last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced it had completed its work updating the so-called Process Rule.
More List 3 Exclusion Requests Granted
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) continues to process the exclusion requests submitted for List 3.
Title 24: 2019 Residential Lighting Changes
The requirements for JA-8 high-efficacy remain largely unchanged. However, there are some items worth noting.
Title 20 Sales Ban
Last month, the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted to ignore federal preemption and expand the definition for general service lamps (GSL). Thus, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, it will be against the law in California to sell nearly all GSLs with an efficacy of less than 45 lumens per watt (lpw).
List 3 Exclusion Process
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is working through the plethora of exclusion requests submitted for List 3. Several ALA members participated in the process and are still awaiting a final decision.
List 4b Tariffs
As we close out 2019, there is still much uncertainty about what will happen with List 4b. Currently slated to take effect this coming Sunday, Dec. 15, List 4b will add an additional 15-percent duty on covered goods coming from China. Ceiling fans and finished good LEDs are included on List 4b.
Late last week, the USTR issued a statement that exclusion requests for products on List 4A will be accepted, beginning Oct. 31. Requests must be submitted using USTR’s Exclusions Process Portal.
Tariff Update: Changes Coming to Lists 1, 2 and 3 & List 3 Exclusion Process
Today, the USTR released President Trump’s latest directives regarding the Section 301 Lists 1, 2 and 3 ($250 billion worth of goods). The official notice should be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Tariff Update: Changes Coming to List 4
On Friday, the USTR will publish President Trump’s latest directives regarding the List 4 tariffs in the Federal Register.
List 3 Tariff Alert
Today, President Trump escalated his trade war with China, amending the current tariff schedule.
USTR Delays Tariffs on Ceiling Fans and LEDs
Earlier today, the USTR announced the next steps of implementing the additional 10 percent tariff on goods coming from China worth $300 billion, also known as List 4.
List 4 Tariff Update
President Trump just tweeted that he is imposing a 10% tariff for List 4, which will take effect Sept. 1, 2019.
Jacobson Testifies Before Section 301 Committee
On behalf of the membership, Eric Jacobson, president and CEO of ALA, testified earlier today before the Section 301 Committee in Washington, DC. His message was simple and direct: the lighting industry is overwhelmingly opposed to tariffs.
List 4 Tariff Update - Testify at Public Hearing
Tariffs are bad for business and now is a great time to take action. Outlined below are several opportunities to engage in the tariff issue:
List 3 Tariff Update
Late on Friday, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) put out a release stating that the increase for the List 3 tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent, scheduled to take place on June 1, has been delayed until June 15. USTR had provided a “grace period” for shipments that were made prior to the May 10 tariff increase but wouldn’t arrive until June 1.
ALA Members, Staff Discuss Key Industry Issues in D.C.
This April, 20 ALA members and staff descended upon Washington, D.C., for the association’s annual fly-in.
Yesterday, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) proposed a 25% tariff on the remaining $300 million worth of goods coming from China, also known as List 4. Specific to the lighting industry, List 4 includes two notable HTS codes: