USTR Launches Public Comment Period on Eleven Rounds of Section 301 Exclusion Extensions (List 3)

As you are already aware, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued 11 rounds of exclusions for Section 301 List 3 products between August 7, 2019 and March 26, 2020.

At this time, these rounds of exclusions are currently set to expire on August 7, 2020. All cargo that has been entered for consumption or withdrawn from a warehouse for consumption, on or after 12:01 AM on September 24, 2018 and before August 7, 2020 may be eligible for the exclusions.

If you would like to take advantage of the exclusion prior to its expiration, please contact your Shapiro representative immediately.

It is equally as important for you to have a voice if you would like an exclusion to be extended.

Luckily, there may be an opportunity to do just that!


To date, prior to the exclusions’ expiration date, the USTR has been seeking comments from the trade community to help determine which exclusions should be extended. The USTR’s evaluation primarily focuses on the following:

  • Can the product be sourced elsewhere?
  • Have there been any changes to the product’s supply chain since September 2018?
  • What (if any) efforts have been made to source the product elsewhere?

Please refer to the schedule below for all consideration and comment deadlines:

  • May 1, 2020: Online portal will open for public submissions beginning at 12:01 am ET
  • June 8, 2020: All written comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET

Please note:  The exclusion comment period only applies to List 3 exclusions granted on or prior to March 26, 2020. Information on List 3 exclusions granted after this date will be provided later by the USTR.

All submission requests must be sent electronically via the USTR Comment Portal; the docket number is USTR–2020–0015.

The official USTR notice, published on May 6, 2020, can be found HERE.

If you would like to receive additional information regarding the comment process for this round of exclusions, or if you would like assistance in commenting, please click HERE or notify your Shapiro representative today.

Want to learn more about exclusions? Check out our recent Shap Blog, Food for Thought: Are Your Section 301 Exclusions Approaching Their Expiration Date?

We encourage you to reach out to with any questions or for additional assistance with the exclusion comment process.

Shapiro will continue to monitor the situation and provide status updates on our Section 301 Tariff News page as they become available.

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