The Department of Commerce is accepting through Nov. 30 public input on a draft list of critical goods and materials in the public health and biological preparedness, information and communications technology, energy, and critical minerals supply chains. The draft list identifies each product as an input, capital good, or final good and includes the associated eight- or ten-digit HTSUS number.
DOC is interested in the make-up of this list, including any recommended additions or removals, as well as how products are used within a supply chain. Comments should include (1) the HTSUS number of the product, (2) a product description (e.g. physical characteristics, function, application, principal or end use within the critical sector, etc.), and (3) the relevant supply chain sector and subsector (if any).
DOC states that this request for input is part of the government’s ongoing work to identify risks, address vulnerabilities, and develop strategies to promote U.S. supply chain resiliency in accordance with a February 2021 executive order. As such, comments received will help facilitate ongoing targeted analysis of trade data and the evaluation of policies to strengthen these supply chains.
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