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Additional China Tariff Exclusions May be Extended

Additional China Tariff Exclusions May be Extended

Second Exclusion Extension for List 1 under Consideration

The United States Trade Representative is considering extending some exclusions on Section 301 List 1 goods from China that are set to expire in March 2020.  The USTR is reviewing each exclusion to determine if the product is available only from China.  Commenters are welcome to submit feedback and any relevant data through Form A, starting January 15, 2020 through February 15, 2020.   Importers and exporters impacted are encouraged to complete Form B, which can be downloaded here.   Form B is a confidential business form that includes data related to the price, amount, and revenue from the product, and any additional supportive information.

 China Tariff Exclusions

This consideration is in addition to the first announcement of a list of product exclusion extensions for Section 301 List 1.  This set went into effect on December 28, 2019 when the U.S. Trade Representative determined to extend certain exclusions for one year, which were granted under the December 28, 2018 notice under heading 9903.88.05 and U.S. note 20(h) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS.

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On August 18, 2017, USTR initiated an investigation into certain acts, policies and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation (82 FR 40213). During the investigation, the Trade Representative determined that the acts, policies and practices of China under investigation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce, and are thus actionable under Section 301(b) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Trade Act).

In response, President Trump initiated a number of actions which imposed ad valorem tariffs on certain imports originating in China.  Four separate lists have been announced.  To view the most up to date information, check out our debriefing on Section 301 Imports from China.  This post indicates effective dates, duty rates, and more.

What to do

Scarbrough Consulting, Inc. is offering a free 30-minute consultation to any company that may be affected by the Section 301 announcements.  Please send an email to or fill out the form below.  Our Global Trade Experts and Licensed Customs brokers are here to help.


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Other ways to Learn More about Duty Savings

If the Section 301 tariffs are affecting your company, watch this webinar recording to learn more.  Scarbrough’s President and COO, Adam Hill, along with Patrick Caulfield, an attorney at GDLSK, an international trade and customs law firm, talk about legal opportunities to recover or avoid paying duty to CBP.  This is an interactive webinar set up as a question/answer forum.


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