On 16 May 2021, the People’s Republic of China (PRC)’s Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council (CTC) issued Circular [2021] No. 5 to extend the effective period for the second product exclusion list for the second batch of US products subject to Chinese retaliatory tariffs from 19 May 2021 to 25 December 2021. Click here to see the announcement.

The exclusion list covers 79 products in total, including certain industrial chemicals, textiles, metals, electric machineries, etc. The covered products were first exempted from retaliatory tariffs from 19 May 2020 to 18 May 2021 pursuant to Circular [2020] No. 4. This is the second of such extension the CTC has released this year, whereby extensions for another 65 items had been announced earlier in February 2021 (Click here to see the announcement). Products in the earlier list included US hardwood, lumber, and logs. Meanwhile, the Phase 1 Deal between both countries remains in effect, with further discussions expected to soon commence under the new Biden administration.