New Tariff Exclusions Announced on China List 4A; 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 medical goods, sporting headgear, bicycle lighting equipment, and flat-panel tv’s.

The excluded products are reflected in five 10-digit HTSUS subheadings and 7 specially prepared product descriptions, which cover 36 separate exclusion requests.  Exclusions for these products, which must be claimed using the new HTSUS subheading 9903.88.44, will apply as of September 1, 2019, the effective date of the $300 billion action, and will remain in effect until September 1, 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 below to see if you qualify for a refund.  The USTR’s notice is available by clicking here.

List # HTS Code Product
List 4A 0505.10.0050 [feathers of a kind used for stuffing]
List 4A 3926.90.9925 [reflective triangular warning signs for road use]
List 4A 6506.10.3045 [athletic, recreational, and sporting headgear of reinforced or laminated plastics]
List 4A 8512.10.2000 [lighting equipment of a kind used on bicycles]
List 4A 8528.72.6420 [flat-panel TVs incorporating video recording or reproducing apparatus]
List 4A 3926.90.9990 Coverings, of plastics, designed to fit over wound sites or casts thereby forming a protective seal for keeping the covered area dry and debris free while showering or bathing
List 4A 3926.90.9990 Pouches of plastics, of a kind used with manually operated pill or tablet crushers to capture the powdered medicaments
List 4A 3926.90.9990 Refillable dispensers of plastics, designed for mounting on a vertical wall, of a kind used to store and dispense emesis containment bags in medical settings
List 4A 3926.90.9990 Sterile urology drain bags of plastics, designed to fit over a urology table extension, with a flap extension that provides sterile separation of the patient from the table surface and directs fluids into and through a filter at the top of an attached drain hose leading to a collection container
List 4A 6307.90.9889 Ice bags of textile materials, for treating injuries or soreness, each refillable
List 4A 6307.90.9889 Identification wristbands of textile materials, each with a blank panel
List 4A 8517.62.0090 Apparatus suitable for wearing on the wrist, having time-display functions, each article having an accelerometer and being capable of displaying and transmitting data sent to it by a network (e.g., portable ADP unit, LAN or cellular network)

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 webpage as they become available.