The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a new set of product exclusions from Section 301 List 4A Chinese tariffs.

The List 4A notice contains 3 HTS subheadings that are completely excluded and 5 partially excluded subheadings from List 4A tariffs, covering 27 separate exclusion requests.

The exclusions will retroactively apply to all products meeting the specified criteria effective September 1, 2019 – the date the U.S. first imposed List 4A duties – and will expire on September 1, 2020.

The USTR also issued two other notices that amend exclusions previously issued for Section 301 List 1 and 2 products:

  • The first notice makes technical amendments to List 1 product exclusions under U.S. Note 20(q) to subchapter III of Chapter 99 of the tariff schedule, which were originally issued on September 20, 2019.
  • The second notice makes technical amendments to List 2 product exclusions under U.S. Notes 20(v), originally issued on September 20, 2019, and 20(y), which were issued on October 2, 2019.

According to the USTR, the amendments “are retroactive to the date the original exclusions were published and do not further extend the period for the original exclusions.”

All importers who have an eligible product are able to claim an exemption under the new exclusions, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. The USTR will continue to issue decisions on pending exclusion requests on a periodic basis.

For all Shapiro customers, if you have requested this service, your Shapiro point of contact will be in touch shortly to discuss the latest round of exclusions, should they apply to your products.

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