The office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking comments regarding the extension of exclusions on the second round of Section 301 List 1 exclusions, which are currently set to expire on March 25, 2020. This extension would add another year of validity to the current product exclusions.

The USTR’s evaluation will primarily focus on the ability to produce the excluded products outside of China (i.e. if the product can be adequately produced outside of China, then it is unlikely an exclusion will be extended).   

The second round of Section 301 List 1 exclusions cover 33 HTS subheadings; it is very likely that not all products/HTS subheadings that were originally granted exclusions will receive extensions.

The USTR will begin accepting comments on January 15, 2020 using docket number USTR-2019-0024. Comments are due by February 15, 2020.

Click HERE to view the official USTR notice and a copy of the “Exclusion Extension Comment Form”.

Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions or for assistance with the exclusion process.

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