How can an Importer respond to these tariffs?
Option 1: File for an Exclusion
As importers, we are certain you have justifiable reasons for opposing the proposed tariffs. To successfully file means to include a concise, meaningful and valid argument– by product.
On December 21, 2018, the USTR posted a preliminary copy of a report that granted 22 HTS subheadings either complete or partial exclusion from 25% tariffs. Upon further investigation, 33 HTS subheadings joined the list of excluded products on March 20, 2019. A third round of product exclusions was released on April 15, 2019, highlighting an additional 21 specially prepared product descriptions, which covered 348 separate exclusion requests, now subject to partial exclusion from Section 301 tariffs.
The List Two exclusion filing deadline has passed. The deadline for filing List Three exclusions has not yet been announced.
If you are an importer of goods affected by List Three, don’t miss your opportunity to avoid the supplemental duties that have been imposed!
How can we help? Shapiro has aligned with a Customs attorney from Thompson Coburn to assist you with crafting your argument; we will also make the filing process both easy and cost-effective for you. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for simple-to-use instruction and pricing.
Option 2: Re-evaluate your Classifications
It is always a good idea to take a second look at how your products are classified— especially when considering some binding rulings that are on file. While some classifications are straightforward, others can be very gray. Addressing these gray areas can be a difficult exercise. Oftentimes, it requires both expert interpretation of the tariff schedule (knowledge) —and expert strategies (experience).
How can we help? Shapiro has a team of licensed tariff experts on staff. Let us review your product classifications to identify the associated risks, as well as potential opportunities. Please reach out to email@example.com to get started!
Option 3: Re-evaluate your Product Designs
Let’s collaborate together! A slight modification to your product may be all that you need in terms of a legal alternative to these unanticipated tariffs. Sometimes, all it takes for a tariff adjustment is a very small design change. Remember, duty rates are determined based on the product’s condition at the time of import.
How can we help? Shapiro has a team of licensed tariff experts on staff. Let us review your product classifications to identify potential opportunities. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
Option 4: Consider Alternate Sourcing
Right now, China is the primary country under the “fairness” scrutiny. Certainly, this is subject to change. Is it possible to source your product from another country from which the additional tariffs would not apply?
How can we help? Shapiro has a team of marketing experts on staff. Let’s discuss your product line and work together to identify other potential sourcing locations. Please reach out to email@example.com to get started!
Option 5: Consider Drawback
Did you know that commodities subject to Section 301 punitive tariffs remain eligible for duty drawback? As an importer or exporter, you are still required to outlay the additional duties at the time of entry (and while the return will not be immediate); however, this option may help to mitigate your losses.
How can we help? Shapiro has a team of licensed tariff experts on staff. Let’s discuss this duty recovery opportunity together. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
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