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Section 301 List 4 Batch 8 Product Exclusions

Section 301 List 4 Exclusions

On August 5, 2020, The United States Trade Representative granted the eighth list of product exclusions for Section 301 List 4 products on imports from China.  As set out in the Annex, the Section 301 List 4 exclusions are reflected in one existing ten-digit HTSUS subheading and 9 specially prepared product descriptions, which together respond to 25 separate exclusion requests. The exclusions can be claimed using the HTS number 9903.88.55.

Exclusions will be retroactive to September 1, 2019 and will remain effective until September 1, 2020. The exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the Annex, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. Further, the scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the 10-digit HTSUS subheading as described in the Annex, and not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion.

Importers that have imported any of these items since September 1, 2019 can file a post summary correction before September 1, 2020 to receive a refund of additional duties paid to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. However, if the time lapses for filing a post summary correction, then importers have 180 days from liquidation date to file a protest. 

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View USTR Announcement

View Products & HTS Numbers

  • 8443.32.1050
  • Doorway dust barrier kits, each comprising a sheet of plastics measuring not more than 0.15 mm in thickness, at least 1.2 m but not more than 1.6 m in width and at least 2.1 m but not more than 2.6 m in length, with two parallel slide fasteners extending the full length of the sheet, two metal flap hooks and a roll of tape with adhesive on both sides for securing the sheet to a doorway, such kits put up for retail sale (HTS 3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020 and HTS 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)
  • Heads, plates, grip disks, slide clamps, foot plugs and other parts of plastics, of a kind used in temporary dust barrier systems for interior construction (HTS 3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020 and HTS 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)
  • Locking zip tie fasteners of plastics (HTS 3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020 and HTS 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)
  • Decorative glassware, each consisting of a rectangular glass box in a brass frame with a hinged top, measuring at least 11.5 cm but not more than 21.5 cm by at least 16 cm but not more than 26.5 cm by at least 3 cm but not more than 8 cm, weighing at least 500 g but not more than 1.5 kg, valued over $5 each (HTS 7013.99.9000 prior to July 1, 2020 and HTS 7013.99.9010 or 7013.99.9090 effective July 1, 2020)
  • Decorative glassware, each piece consisting of a blown-glass globe, measuring at least 65 mm but not more than 150 mm in diameter, containing a sculpture, water and artificial snow, with a poured-resin base, weighing at least 800 g but not more than 3 kg, valued over $5 (HTS 7013.99.9000 prior to July 1, 2020 and HTS7013.99.9090 effective July 1, 2020)
  • Digital optical image scanners with maximum scanning width measuring at least 60 cm but not more than 92 cm (HTS 8471.60.8000)
  • Slingshot apparatus, whether or not electrically powered, of a kind used for outdoor games (HTS 9506.99.6080)
  • Swing sets and parts and accessories thereof (HTS 9506.99.6080)
  • Trap shooting launchers and parts and accessories thereof (HTS 9506.99.6080)

Background

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.


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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.


Resources

To read more about Section 301, visit USTR.gov

Section 301 China Imports

Section 301 Product Exclusions

Section 301 List 1 Exclusions Fact Sheet

Section 301 List 2 Exclusions Fact Sheet

Section 301 List 3 Exclusions Fact Sheet

Section 301 List 4 Exclusions Fact Sheet


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