December 10, 2020

UPDATE: Section 301 investigation - Vietnam

UPDATE: Section 301 Investigation Vietnam

The Office of the U S Trade Representative (USTR) will convene a virtual public hearing and accept rebuttal comments in the Section 301 investigation concerning Vietnam’s acts, policies, and practices related to the import and use of illegally harvested or traded timber.

Important dates:
December 10, 2020 11:59pm: You must submit requests to appear at the hearing by this date to be assured of consideration.  The request to appear must include a summary of testimony.

December 18, 2020 9:30 am : Hearing will be held virtually

January 6, 2021 11:59pm To be assured of consideration, post-hearing rebuttal comments must be submitted by this date.

Submissions should be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal:, following instructions for submissions under section III.  Docket number is USTR-2020-0036.

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12th October, 2020

Section 301 Investigation: Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the world’s largest exporters of wood products, including to the U.S.

Evidence suggests that Vietnam is relying on imports of timber harvested in other countries, perhaps illegally. Reports indicate timber exported from Cambodia to Vietnam was sourced from protected lands as well as potential illegal access involving other countries. 

On October 2, 2020 the U.S Trade Representative (USTR) initiated a Section 301 investigation into Vietnam’s activities, policies and practices related to the import and use of illegal timbers. 

The USTR invites comments relative to this matter which must be submitted electronically. Please access the link here for further instructions. 

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