© Reuters FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden waves as he heads to Marine One to depart from the White House in Washington, September 2, 2022, at Camp David over the weekend. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration said on Friday it expects tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods as it continues a legal review of duties imposed by former President Donald Trump.
The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said in a federal notice that it has received requests from companies and other interested parties to protect the “Section 301” tariffs imposed in 2018 and 2019. The observations were collected during the spring and summer.
Under the 1974 trade law that imposed the duties, the USTR will move to a formal review of whether to keep the tariffs in place, a process that could take months.
The Biden administration has been considering eliminating some tariffs to reduce inflation.
Reuters reported last month that the move was suspended following China’s military action near Taiwan after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island.