As reported last week, USTR has issued several updates for Section 301 tariffs including exclusions, exemptions, and requests for public comments.
Please see a summary of the updates below:
List 3 – Extension of Exclusions
The U.S. Trade Representative announced the extension of 266 China Section 301 List 3 product exclusions that were previously set to expire August 7, 2020. Certain exclusions were extended through December 31, 2020 under exclusion subheading 9903.88.56. The remaining product exclusions expire after today.
Extended List 3 product exclusions include products such as certain seafood, chemicals, disposable gloves, fabrics, glass, bicycles, engines and engine parts, and electric parts.
Please note: ANNEX B of this notice includes a table containing a list of the original product exclusions that are being extended by this notice. The original product exclusions were provided for in various subdivisions in note 20 to subchapter III of chapter 99 and an associated 9903.88 heading. In addition, the table contains the corresponding subdivisions in new note 20(iii) to subchapter III of chapter 99 and new heading 9903.88.56 for the product exclusions that are being extended by this notice.
List 4 – Notice of Exclusions
The U.S. Trade Representative announced determination to grant certain exclusion requests, as specified in the Annex to this notice (exclusion subheading: 9903.88.55).
The product exclusions announced in this notice apply as of September 1, 2019 – the effective date of List 1 of the $300 billion action – and extend to September 1, 2020
As set out in the Annex, the exclusions are reflected in one existing ten-digit HTSUS subheading and 9 specially prepared product descriptions, which together respond to 25 separate exclusion requests.
Extended List 4 product exclusions include doorway dust barrier kits and parts, locking zip tie fasteners, decorative glassware, digital optical scanners, slingshots, swing sets, and trap shooting launchers.
List 4 – Request for Comments for Extension of Latest Exclusion
This USTR notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s decision to consider a possible extension of particular exclusions granted under the eighth notice of product exclusions (the exclusions just granted under subheading 9903.88.55 listed above).
Public comments regarding the extension of particular exclusions under the eighth notice must be filed under docket USTR-2020-0031. Commenters first must register on the portal at https://comments.USTR.gov. After registration, the commenter may submit an exclusion extension comment form to the public docket. The public docket will be open until August 20, 2020.