Consumer Goods, Apparel Among New China List 4A Tariff Exclusions; Retroactive Refunds Available

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced additional product exclusions from the additional 7.5% Section 301 tariffs on List 4A goods from China.  Excluded products include apparel, antiques, athletic headgear, bedding, coffee makers, fitness equipment, ice skates, and lithium ion batteries.

The excluded products are reflected in 11 ten-digit subheadings and 53 specially prepared product descriptions, which cover 242 separate exclusion requests.  Exclusions are available for any product that meets the specified product description, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.  The scope of each inclusion is governed by the scope of the product descriptions set forth by the USTR, not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion.

Exclusions for these products, which must be claimed using the new HTSUS subheading 9903.88.53, will be retroactive to September 1, 2019, the effective date of the $300 billion action, and will remain in effect until September 1, 2020.

Check the complete list to see if you qualify for a refund by clicking here.

Importers should apply for refunds of any duties paid on the excluded products since September 1, 2019 by filing a Post Summary Correction.  Post Summary Corrections may be filed 300 days after release or 15 days prior to liquidation, whichever occurs first.

If you need assistance filing a Post Summary Correction or would like more information on the Section 301 tariffs, please contact a member of our Compliance Department at

OCEANAIR will continue to monitor and provide status updates on our China Section 301 Tariff Updates web page as they become available.  Complete lists of all excluded products are also available on this page.