If the ongoing trade talks in China are not successful at resolving the current dispute, the USTR anticipates a new exclusion process may be announced for products in List 3.
As the trade dispute between the United States and China continues, some companies will receive a reprieve from additional duties. On April 18, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a third round of certain exclusion requests for products subject to an additional 25 percent duty assessed under the Section 301 investigation related to goods imported from China. See 84 FR 16310. Duties for these products first became effective on July 6, 2018.
This third round follows the previous rounds of exclusions granted by the USTR on December 28, 2018, and March 25, 2019. The third round of exclusions includes, among other items, “pumps designed for countertop appliances for serving beer,” “roller machines designed for cutting,” “water oxidizers,” “ratchet winches,” “continuous action elevators,” “steering wheels for watercraft,” “parts of drill sharpening machines,” motor vehicle parts, ball bearings, inductor baseplates, pressure switches and more. The product exclusions are available for any product categorized under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) number listed in the Annexes of the Federal Register notices, regardless of whether the importer filed for an exclusion request. Importantly, importers should examine the relevant HTSUS number classifications for their products, and not the product’s descriptions in the Annex, as the exclusions only apply to products listed under the relevant 10-digit HTSUS number. Customs and Border Protection has provided instructions on submitting imports from this third round of instructions.
The product exclusions announced are retroactive to July 6, 2018, and importers will be able to recover additional duties already paid for these products.
Although the time to request exclusions has currently expired for products subject to List 1 and List 2 of Section 301 tariffs, the USTR has not yet announced an exclusion process for products categorized in List 3, which was published on September 21, 2018. If the ongoing trade talks in China are not successful at resolving the current dispute, the USTR anticipates a new exclusion process may be announced for products in List 3.