New Tariff Exclusions Announced on China List 3; Retroactive Refunds Available

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced additional product exclusions from the additional 25% Section 301 tariffs on List 3 goods from China.  Excluded products include seafood, vegetable seeds, chemicals, rubber hoses and tires, backpacks, bags, tool pouches, gun cases, leather skirts and dresses, corrugated boxes, plates and bowls, yarn and fabrics, marble bathtubs and sinks, stone articles, articles of safety glass, steel and aluminum goods, automobile and engine parts, bandsaws, webbing straps, electric motors, printed circuit boards, vehicle wheels, bicycles, steel racks and shelving units, wood cabinets, laundry organizers, and lamps.

The excluded products are reflected in one 10-digit HTSUS subheading and 176 specially prepared product descriptions, which cover 202 separate exclusion requests.  Exclusions for these products, which must be claimed using the new HTSUS subheading 9903.88.43, will apply as of September 24, 2018, the effective date of the $200 billion action, and will remain in effect until August 7, 2020.  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.

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 24, 2018 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.

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OCEANAIR will continue to monitor and provide status updates on our China Section 301 Tariff Updates webpage as they become available.