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Section 301 Product Exclusions

Product Exclusions

Who qualifies for Product Exclusions?

  • How is your product different?
  • What distinguishes your product from the 8-digit HTS subheading?

In making its determination on each request, USTR may consider:

  • whether a product is available from a source outside of China,
  • whether the additional duties would cause severe economic harm to the requestor or other U.S. interests, and
  • whether the particular product is strategically important or related to Chinese industrial programs including “Made in China 2025”

Steps on how to apply for these product exclusions are listed below.

The Lists

List 1

The exclusion process for List 1 closed for petitioners in October 2018.

However, any organization that imports using the following tariffs numbers, regardless if the organization was the actual exclusion petitioner or not, is able to use the general exclusions listed below.

Six announcements of products in List 1 have been announced and are listed below.

Each exclusion is retroactive to July 6, 2018.


section 301 product exclusions

First batch of Product Exclusions include:  

Batch 1 will remain in place until December 28, 2019.

Seven of the exclusions apply to any product classified under one of those seven numbers.

The seven numbers include:

  1. 8412.21.0075
  2. 8418.69.0120
  3. 8480.71.8045
  4. 8482.10.5044
  5. 8482.10.5048
  6. 8482.10.5052
  7. 8525.60.1010

Furthermore, there are 15 other exclusions that can only be used if the commodity specifically matches the exclusion description noted in the Annex.  For example, if a specific HTS number is listed and the actual product does not match exactly what is stated in the Annex description, then it does not qualify for the exclusion.  Click here to view announcement and Annex.

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Second batch of Product Exclusions include:

Batch 2 will remain in place until March 25, 2020.

  • HTSUS Subheadings including:
    • 8412.21.0045
    • 8430.31.0040
    • 8607.21.1000
  • 30 specially prepared product descriptions covering such items as:
  • submersible pumps
  • breast pumps;
  • impellers and impeller housings
  • salad spinners
  • water filters for pools, aquariums, etc.
  • water purifiers
  • steel bucket elevators
  • rubber tracks used on construction equipment
  • automated data processing storage units
  • self-propelled pavers
  • check valves
  • electric motors
  • electrical transformers
  • soldering irons
  • liquid crystal display modules
  • musical tuners
View Announcement
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The Third Batch of Product Exclusions include:

Batch 3 will remain in place until April 18, 2020.

  • pumps for countertop appliances for serving beer (HTSUS 8413.19.0000)
  • roller machines designed for cutting, etching, or embossing paper, foil, or fabric (HTSUS 8420.10.9080)
  • water oxidizers and chlorinators (HTSUS 8421.21.0000)
  • ratchet winches designed for use with textile fabric strapping (HTSUS 8425.39.0100)
  • continuous action elevators and conveyors designed to convey mineral materials (HTSUS 8428.33.0000)
  • counterweight castings of iron or steel designed for use on fork lift and other work trucks (HTSUS 8431.20.0000)
  • tines, carriages, and other goods handling apparatus and parts designed for use on fork lift and other works trucks (HTSUS 8431.20.0000)
  • parts of drill sharpening machines (HTSUS 8466.93.9885)
  • outer shells of hydraulic accumulators (HTSUS 8479.90.9496)
  • parts of mechanical awnings and shades (HTSUS 8479.90.9496)
  • certain parts of metal shredders (HTSUS 8479.90.9496)
  • steering wheels designed for watercraft (HTSUS 8479.90.9496)
  • pressure regulators of brass or bronze (HTSUS 8481.10.0090)
  • pipe brackets of aluminum designed for installation into air brake control valves (HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
  • push pins and C-poles of steel designed for use in variable force solenoid valves (HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
  • ball bearings of a width not exceeding 30 mm (HTSUS 8482.10.5032)
  • inductor baseplates of aluminum (HTSUS 8504.90.9690)
  • parts of soldering irons and soldering machines (HTSUS 8515.90.4000)
  • motor vehicle gear shift switch assemblies (HTSUS 8536.50.9065)
  • pressure switches designed for use in heat pumps and air-conditioning condensers (HTSUS 8536.50.9065)
  • instruments for measuring or checking voltage or electrical connections (HTSUS 9030.33.3800)
View Announcement
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The Fourth Batch of Product Exclusions include:

Batch 4 will remain in place until May 14, 2020.

Pursuant to the product exclusion process, the U.S. Trade Representative has determined that the additional duties provided for in heading
9903.88.01 shall not apply to the following particular products, which are provided for in the enumerated statistical reporting numbers:

  • HTSUS Subheadings including:
    • 8407.21.0040
    • 8427.10.4000
    • 8473.40.1000
    • 8481.10.0090
    • 8483.50.9040
  • Apparatus, including pitchers, bottles, and units designed for incorporation into refrigerators, appliances or sink faucets (HTSUS 8421.21.0000)
  • Filtering apparatus, designed for use in pools, spas (HTSUS 8421.21.0000)
  • Filtering or purifying machinery used for waste water treatment (HTSUS 8421.21.0000)
  • Submersible machinery for filtering water, designed for use in pools, basins, aquariums, spas (HTSUS 8421.21.0000)
  • Water distillation machinery and apparatus not covered by heading 8419 (HTSUS 8421.21.0000)
  • Air purification equipment, electrically powered (HTSUS 8421.39.8015)
  • Dust collection equipment for cement, minerals and mining industries (HTSUS 8421.39.8015)
  • Apron-type chain conveyor (HTSUS 8428.39.0000)
  • Roller conveyors (HTSUS 8428.39.0000)
  • Vibrating conveyors (HTSUS 8428.39.0000)
  • Machinery for mixing beverages designed for use in commercial food service establishments (HTSUS 8438.80.0000)
  • Armatures designed for use in hydraulic solenoid valves (HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
  • C-poles, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
  • Housings designed for hydraulic ball valves, of cast iron or steel (HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
  • Metering spools, of aluminum, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
  • Metering spools, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
  • Poles, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
  • Push pins, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
  • Retainers, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (HTSUS 8481.90.9040)
  • DC electric motors (HTSUS 8501.10.4060)
  • AC electric motors, multi-phase, of an output exceeding 14.92 kW (HTSUS 8501.52.8040)
  • Coils, coil assemblies and other parts of electromagnets (HTSUS 8505.90.7501)
  • Radio remote control apparatus for garage doors (HTSUS 8526.92.5000)
  • Radio remote control apparatus for pet collars and pet food dispensers (HTSUS 8526.92.5000)
  • Remote control devices, hand held and battery powered, designed for use with toy model vehicles and aircraft (HTSUS 8526.92.5000)
  • Bezels, covers and housings, the foregoing designed for motor vehicle cameras (HTSUS 8529.90.8100)
  • Electromechanical relays (HTSUS 8536.49.0075)
  • Push-button switches, rated at over 5 A, measuring no more than 2.9 cm by 2.9 cm by 2.9 cm, with 4 spade or brass terminals, with an actuator shaft with D-shaped cross section (HTSUS 8536.50.9035)
  • Push-button switches, rated at over 5 A, measuring no more than 4.8 cm by 2.8 cm by 2.8 cm, with 2 spade or brass terminals (HTSUS 8536.50.9035)
  • Push-button switches, rated at over 5 A, measuring no more than 5 cm by 1.7
    cm by 1.9 cm, with 2 spade or brass terminals, with an actuator shaft with D-shaped cross section (HTSUS 8536.50.9035)
  • Snap-action switches (HTSUS 8536.50.9040)
  • Stereoscopic microscopes (HTSUS 9011.10.8000)
  • Adapter rings, tubes and extension sleeves, stands and arm assemblies, stages and gliding tables, eyeguards and focusing racks (HTSUS 9011.90.0000)
  • Ultraviolet or infrared LED light therapy devices (HTSUS 9018.20.0040)
View Federal Register Notice

The Fifth Batch of Product Exclusions include:

Batch 5 will remain in place until June 4, 2020.

  •  HTSUS 8537.10.8000 (touch-sensitive data input devices (touch screens) without display capabilities)
  • parts of non-aircraft gas turbines (HTSUS 8411.99.9085)
  • oil well and oil field crank-balanced, long-stroke, and beam pumps (HTSUS 8413.50.0010)
  • radial piston hydraulic fluid pumps (HTSUS 8413.50.0070)
  • submersible pumps, centrifugal pumps, and sump pumps (HTSUS 8413.70.2004)
  • non-submersible centrifugal pumps (HTSUS 8413.70.2005)
  • centrifugal pumps designed for eliminating condensate (HTSUS 8413.70.2090)
  • water pump housings and impellers (HTSUS 8413.91.9010)
  • hydraulic pump positioning piston assemblies and plastic reservoirs for motor vehicle brake master cylinders (HTSUS 8413.91.9060)
  • air-end assemblies, inlet guide vanes, air-ends, compressor baseplates, and backplates (HTSUS 8414.90.4190)
  • stand-alone icemaking machines (HTSUS 8418.69.0110)
  • non-compressor coolers and assemblies of thermo-electric modules (HTSUS 8418.69.0180)
  • solar water heaters (HTSUS 8419.19.0040)
  • distillation and rectifying equipment (HTSUS 8419.40.0080)
  • heat exchanger plates, cores, finned tubes, cones, shells, bonnets, flanges, and baffles (HTSUS 8419.90.3000)
  • cast steel and steel structural forms designed for use in filtering machines (HTSUS 8421.99.0080)
  • steel and cast steel parts of air filtering machines or apparatus (HTSUS 8421.99.0080)
  • self-propelled forklift and platform trucks (HTSUS 8427.10.8090)
  • garage door opener/closers, hinged steel transfer machinery, rotating benches, and rotating fork machines (HTSUS 8428.90.0290)
  • vibratory, self-propelled tamping machines, each with drum roller (HTSUS 8429.40.0020)
  • new, track-mounted hydraulic backhoes or hydraulic shovels (HTSUS 8429.52.1010)
  • pile drivers, diesel powered (HTSUS 8430.10.0000)
  • conveyor belt parts (HTSUS 8431.39.0010)
  • feed pushers, bale forks, scrapers, and frames therefor (HTSUS 8431.49.9010)
  • rolling mills (HTSUS 8455.22.0000)
  • double row ball bearings (HTSUS 8482.10.5060)
  • needle roller bearings (HTSUS 8482.40.0000)
  • outer bearing rings (HTSUS 8482.99.0500)
  • bearing shields (HTSUS 8482.99.6595)
  • coupling covers, including center members, flanged hubs, sleeves, and shoes (HTSUS 8483.90.8010)
  • AC multi-phase motors fitted with pulleys and brakes to raise and lower passenger elevators (HTSUS 8501.53.8040)
  • speed drive controllers for electric motors (HTSUS 8504.40.4000)
  • printed circuit assemblies for telecommunication apparatus (HTSUS 8504.90.6500)
  • radio transceivers for installation in motor vehicles (HTSUS 8525.60.1050)
  • antennas of base metal and fiberglass (HTSUS 8529.10.4040)
  • projector parts (HTSUS 8529.90.9900)
  • electromechanical relays other than automotive flashers (HTSUS 8536.41.0050)
  • push-button switches (HTSUS 8536.50.9035)
  • push-pull switches (HTSUS 8536.50.9065)
  • bullet connectors, butt connectors, closed-end butt connectors, crimp connectors, insulated tab electrical connectors, tab receptacle electrical connectors, junction blocks, lug connectors, ring connectors, spade connectors, spring clip (alligator clip) terminals, terminal blocks, and wiretap connectors (HTSUS 8536.90.4000)
  • magnesium anodes (HTSUS 8543.30.9040)
  • disposable brain monitoring sensor patches, stainless steel subdermal needle electrodes, and surface electrodes (HTSUS 9018.19.9560)
  • machines for testing the hardness of metals (HTSUS 9024.10.0000)
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The Sixth Batch of Product Exclusions include:

Batch 6 will remain in place until July 9, 2020.

  • Heat exchangers, the foregoing comprising parts of goods of heading 8402 and each fitted for heat recovery steam generator (HTSUS 8402.90.0010)
  • Drums, exhaust stacks, and inlet duct panel assemblies of heat recovery steam generators (HTSUS 8402.90.0090)
  • Water tanks for steam or other vapor generating boilers (HTSUS 8402.90.0090)
  • Compression-ignition engines with maximum power exceeding 50 kW but not exceeding 120 kW, each valued over $6,000 but not over $9,500 per unit (HTSUS 8408.90.9010)
  • Compression-ignition engines, exceeding 149.2 kW but not exceeding 373 kW and valued over $9,800 but not over $12,000 (HTSUS 8408.90.9020)
  • Aircraft gas turbine compressor cases of steel and Inconel alloy, each valued over $3,000 but not over $4,000 (HTSUS 8411.99.9090)
  • Engine stationary seal air supports of Inconel alloy (HTSUS 8411.99.9090)
  • Direct acting and spring return pneumatic actuators (HTSUS 8412.39.0080)
  • Spring-operated motors (HTSUS 8412.80.1000)
  • Gear-type hydraulic fluid power pumps, handheld, battery powered (HTSUS 8413.60.0030)
  • Centrifugal water pumps incorporating thermal cut-offs (HTSUS 8413.70.2015)
  • Motor vehicle oil pump housings (HTSUS 8413.91.9010)
  • Impellers (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Parts of oil and gas extraction beam pumps, other than hydraulic power pumps (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pedestals of pump assemblies (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pump bases, of plastic, designed to protect the pump impellers from obstructions (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pump casings and bodies (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pump covers (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pump expellers (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pump grease cups and grease cup adapters (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pump liners (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pump manifolds (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pump parts, of plastics, each valued not over $3 (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pump shaft castings, of steel (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pump throatbushes (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Pump volutes (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Structural pump bases, of stainless steel (HTSUS 8413.91.9095)
  • Compressors, other than screw type, used in air conditioning equipment in motor vehicles (HTSUS 8414.30.8030)
  • Compressors, other than screw type, of a kind used in household refrigerators, air conditioners and heat pumps (HTSUS 8414.30.8050)
  • Fork-lift trucks, propane gas powered (HTSUS 8427.20.8090)
  • Motor grader weighing more than 14 metric tons but not over 21 metric tons (HTSUS 8429.20.0000)
  • Self-propelled pneumatic compactors (HTSUS 8429.40.0040)
  • New articulated shovel loaders, wheeled, each with 4-wheel drive, rear mounted engine and a bucket capacity of under 1.5 m ( HTSUS8429.51.1015)
  • Integrated tractor shovel loaders, each with 4 wheel drive, a bucket capacity of at least 3.8 m3 but less than 5.2 m3 (HTSUS 8429.51.1040)
  • Shovel loaders with an operating weight of from 30 metric tons to 36 metric tons (HTSUS 8429.51.1045)
  • Shovel loaders with an operating weight of from 30 metric tons to 36 metric tons (HTSUS 8429.51.1050)
  • Rubber track shovel loaders having a lift capacity not over 375 kg (HTSUS 8429.51.5010)
  • Grooved wire rope drum valued over $350 (HTSUS 8431.10.0010)
  • Escalator drive assemblies consisting of a motor, planetary gear and gearbox (HTSUS 8431.31.0040)
  • Escalator steps (HTSUS 8431.31.0040)
  • Parts of passenger or freight elevators consisting of any of the following:elevator emergency brake and speed governor apparatus, scissor lift assemblies, telescoping boom lift assemblies or articulating boom lift assemblies (HTSUS 8431.31.0060)
  • Counterweights for log handling equipment (HTSUS 8431.39.0070)
  • Backhoe counterweights each weighing more than 400 kg but not more than 600 kg (HTSUS 8431.49.9044)
  • Excavator crawler shoes (HTSUS 8431.49.9044)
  • Seeder or spreader baffle and baffle assemblies (HTSUS 8432.90.0060)
  • Seeder or spreader frames (HTSUS 8432.90.0060)
  • Seeder or spreader handles (HTSUS 8432.90.0060)
  • Seeder or spreader hopper assemblies (HTSUS 8432.90.0060)
  • Seeder or spreader hopper grates (HTSUS 8432.90.0060)
  • Seeder or spreader impellers (HTSUS 8432.90.0060)
  • Chipper/shredder machines, electrically powered (HTSUS 8436.80.0090)
  • Chipper/shredder machines, gasoline powered, valued less than $250 per unit (HTSUS 8436.80.0090)
  • Malt production equipment (HTSUS 8436.80.0090)
  • Horizontal lathes, electrically powered not over 1.5 horsepower (HTSUS 8458.19.0020)
  • Feeder and vibratory flow equipment and parts thereof designed for use in screening or sorting machines ( HTSUS 8474.90.0010)
  • Press machines for bamboo or other materials of a woody nature (HTSUS 8479.30.0000)
  • Electric wire coil-winder machines (HTSUS 8479.81.0000)
  • Insulated mixing chambers of stainless steel, each having a capacity of 5 m3 to 25 cubic meters (HTSUS 8479.82.0040)
  • Check valves of steel having an internal diameter not less than 4.8 cm or exceeding 62.5 cm (HTSUS  8481.30.2090)
  • Bodies of pressure-reducing valves other than hand-operated or check valves and valves classified in 8481.20, such bodies of brass (HTSUS 8481.90.9060)
  • Bodies of valves other than hand-operated or check valves and valves classified in 8481.20 (HTSUS 8481.90.9060)
  • Flanged wheel hub bearing units with ball bearings (HTSUS 8482.10.5016)
  • Wheel hub angular contact bearing units, not flanged, valued over $2 but not over $10 per unit (HTSUS 8482.10.5024)
  • Inner bearing rings (HTSUS 8482.99.0500)
  • Non-toothed gears for office printers (HTSUS 8483.40.9000)
  • Non-grooved pulleys, each incorporating a deep groove roller bearing (HTSUS 8483.50.9080)
  • Non-grooved pulleys, zinc plated (HTSUS 8483.50.9080)
  • Hubs for conveyor pulleys (HTSUS 8483.90.8080)
  • Handles for machinery (HTSUS 8487.90.0080)
  • Electric motors of a width exceeding 7.5 cm but not exceeding 7.8 cm (HTSUS 8501.10.4060)
  • DC motors, with attached stranded copper cord (HTSUS 8501.31.2000)
  • AC motors, multi-phase ( HTSUS 8501.53.4080)
  • AC generators (HTSUS 8501.62.0000)
  • Transformers designed to control horizontal motion of electron beams in cathode-ray tubes (HTSUS 8504.33.0020)
  • Static converter covers, bases and housings (HTSUS 8504.90.9650)
  • Furnace casings ( HTSUS 8514.90.8000)
  • Structural components for industrial furnaces (HTSUS 8514.90.8000)
  • Manually operated rework stations, including soldering/desoldering stations (HTSUS 8515.19.0000)
  • Machines and apparatus for arc (including plasma arc) (HTSUS 8515.39.0020)
  • Hand-held transceivers (except Citizen’s Band and except low-power radiotelephonic operating on frequencies from 49.82 MHz to 49.90 MHz) (HTSUS 8525.60.1030)
  • Fixed capacitors valued not over $4 per unit (HTSUS 8532.10.0000)
  • Fixed oil-filled capacitors rated at 1 kV to 25 kV (HTSUS 8532.10.0000)
  • Tantalum capacitors having a conductive polymer cathode (HTSUS 8532.21.0050)
  • Tantalum capacitors (HTSUS 8532.21.0050)
  • Aluminum electrolytic capacitors ( HTSUS 8532.22.0085)
  • Contactors, for a voltage not exceeding 60 V and with contacts rated at or more than 10 A (HTSUS 8536.41.0045)
  • Rotary switches, rated at over 5 A (HTSUS 8536.50.9025)
  • Rotary switches, single pole, single throw (SPST), rated at over 5 A (HTSUS 8536.50.9025)
  • Momentary contact switches rated at or under 5 A (HTSUS 8536.50.9031)
  • Momentary contact switches rated at or under 5 A (HTSUS 8536.50.9031)
  • Rocker switches, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V, designed for use in motor vehicles (HTSUS 8536.50.9065)
  • Molded buttons (HTSUS 8538.90.6000)
  • Molded housings and covers (HTSUS 8538.90.6000)
  • Tanks for dead tank circuit breakers, of aluminum (HTSUS 8538.90.8120)
  • Aluminum anodes for use with machines and apparatus for electroplating, electrolysis or electrophoresis (HTSUS 8543.30.9080)
  • Chlorine generator chambers containing titanium plates for use with machines and apparatus for electroplating, electrolysis or electrophoresis (HTSUS 8543.30.9080)
  • Zinc anodes for use with machines and apparatus for electroplating, electrolysis or electrophoresis (HTSUS 8543.30.9080)
  • Weather station sets, each consisting of a monitoring display and outdoor weather sensors (HTSUS 9015.80.8080)
  • Veterinary ultrasound device with black-and-white image (HTSUS 9018.12.0000)
  • Microwave ablation antennas (HTSUS 9018.90.6000)
  • Parts and accessories of electro-surgical instruments and appliances, other than extracorporeal shock wave lithotripters (HTSUS 9018.90.6000)
  • Smoke evacuation pencils (HTSUS 9018.90.6000)
  • Suction coagulators, consisting of a hand-piece with mechanical and/or electrical controls and a disposable shaft (HTSUS 9018.90.6000)
  • Vessel sealing and dividing devices that use electrical energy (HTSUS 9018.90.6000)
  • Dental X-ray alignment and positioning apparatus (HTSUS 9022.90.6000)
  • Multi-leaf collimators of radiotherapy systems based on the use of X-ray ( HTSUS 9022.90.6000)
  • Overhead tube suspension used to hold and position X-ray generating equipment (HTSUS 9022.90.6000)
  • Instruments and apparatus that chemically analyze food to detect the presence of gluten or peanuts (HTSUS 9027.80.4530)
  • Picoammeters with recording devices (HTSUS 9030.39.0100)
  • Humidistats, each with outdoor sensor (HTSUS 9032.89.6070)
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List 2

The exclusion process for List 2 closed in December 2018. However, the first round of exclusions was announced.

Any organization that imports using the following tariffs numbers, regardless if the organization was the actual exclusion petitioner or not, is able to use the general exclusions listed below.

First Batch of List 2 General exclusions include:

These exclusions will remain in place until approximately July 31, 2020.

  • chlorinated polyethylene elastomer (HTSUS 3901.90.1000)
  • polytetrafluoroethylene (HTSUS 3904.61.0090)
  • expandable plastic beads consisting of copolymers of methylmethacrylate and styrene (HTSUS 3906.90.2000)
  • polyol blends containing 92 percent or more by weight of polyether polyol and 2.5 percent or more by weight of N,N-dimethylcyclohexamine (HTSUS 3907.20.0000)
  • hot melt flat shapes of biaxially-oriented polypropylene film with an acrylic emulsion (HTSUS 3919.90.5060)
  • polyethylene film coated on one side with solvent acrylic adhesive, clear or in transparent colors, whether or not printed, in rolls (HTSUS 3919.90.5060)
  • polyvinyl chloride film, coated on one side with pressure sensitive solvent-acrylic adhesive that allows for easy removal from a flat glass or flat, rigid, clear plastic surface (HTSUS 3919.90.5060)
  • printed rectangular polyethylene sheets depicting images on one side, with self-adhesive edges protected with peel-off liners on the other side (HTSUS 3919.90.5060)
  • self-adhesive colored or printed polyvinyl chloride film with a peelable liner, in rolls, of a kind used for lining shelves or drawers (HTSUS 3919.90.5060)
  • printed, non-permeable plastic film of ethylene designed for use in packaging personal care products such as baby wipes, adult wipes, and similar wet stack products (HTSUS 3920.10.0000)
  • polyethylene film of a kind used for wrapping perishable foods, with a starter edge tab, put up in retail packages incorporating a built-in slide cutter and grip strip for holding the film in place until subsequent use (HTSUS 3920.10.0000)
  • rectangular sheets of high-density or low-density polyethylene, with a sticker attached to mark the center of each sheet, of a kind used in hospital or surgery center operating rooms (HTSUS 3920.10.0000)
  • spark-ignition rotary or reciprocating internal combustion piston engines to be installed in agricultural or horticultural machinery or equipment (HTSUS 8407.90.1020)
  • gasoline or liquid propane engines having a displacement of more than 2 but not more than 2.5 liters (HTSUS 8407.90.9010)
  • spark-ignition internal combustion piston engines with an engine displacement of not more than 430 cc (HTSUS 8407.90.9040)
  • heat guns, heated tissue preparation microscope slide flattening tables, and tissue sample paraffin floatation baths (HTSUS 8419.89.9585)
  • air amplifiers powered solely by an external source of compressed air (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • apparatus capable of generating and projecting liquid particles of a size that simulates haze, fog, or snow (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • apparatus capable of mechanically generating and projecting bubbles from a liquid source (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • aroma-spraying sets that include a battery-powered aerosol apparatus and a glass bottle containing essential oil solution (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • collars of a size suitable for dogs or cats that are fitted with a means to provide a stimulus by means of a sprayer (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • dispensers of hand-cleaning or hand-sanitizing solutions, whether employing a manual pump or a proximity-detecting battery-operated pump (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • oral irrigators (dental water-jet machines) (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • parts washers consisting of a steel basin, steel drain plug, support legs and shelf, etc. (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • rotary surface washers with one or more rotating brushes (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • wet- and dry-diffusion apparatus fitted for incorporation into scent-releasing machines (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • walk-behind rotary tillers, electric powered (HTSUS 8432.29.0060)
  • fertilizer distributors (HTSUS 8432.42.0000)
  • benchtop drill presses (HTSUS 8465.95.0055)
  • bearing housings (HTSUS 8483.30.8020)
  • AC motors with attached actuators, crankshafts, or gears (HTSUS 8501.10.6020)
  • C-frame 2-pole AC electric motors (HTSUS 8501.10.6020)
  • electric motors (HTSUS 8501.10.6080)
  • amorphous silicon solar chargers (HTSUS 8501.31.8010)
  • electric motors (HTSUS 8501.52.4000)
  • armature shafts for electric motors of heading 8501 (HTSUS 8503.00.9520)
  • windshield wiper motor covers and shafts (HTSUS 8503.00.9520)
  • leakage current detection and interruption cords (HTSUS 8536.30.8000)
  • control boards for stoves, ranges, and ovens (HTSUS 8537.10.3000)
  • Zener diodes (HTSUS 8541.10.0050)
  • position or speed sensors for motor vehicle transmission systems (HTSUS 8543.70.4500)
  • wheel speed sensors for anti-lock motor vehicle braking systems (HTSUS 8543.70.4500)
  • antenna amplifiers and antenna noise suppressors (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • apparatus using passive infrared detection sensors designed for turning lights on and off (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • audio controllers and audio mixers (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • devices incorporating sensors and monitors for identifying encoded television and radio signal information of survey participants (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • electrically powered cat noise control devices; pet combs; dog training, controlling, repelling, or locating apparatus; and insect control apparatus (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • electrically powered static-emitting plastic strips designed for use in training or controlling pets (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • LED lamps for flash curing nail polish (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • liquid leak detectors (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • multiple device remote controls (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • programmable robots incorporating an LCD display, camera, and microphone (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • couplers, knuckles, and yokes and parts thereof for vehicles of heading 8605 or 8606 (HTSUS 8607.30.1000)
  • motorcycles with reciprocating internal combustion piston engine of a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50 cc (HTSUS 8711.10.0000)
  • polarizing film, of triacetate, with a pressure sensitive adhesive backing (HTSUS 9001.20.0000)
  • digital clinical thermometers (HTSUS 9025.19.8040)
  • cooking thermometers, including candy and deep-fry thermometers, and infrared thermometers (HTSUS 9025.19.8080)
  • combined thermometer and hygrometer devices (HTSUS 9025.80.1000)
  • pulse output gas meters of a kind that can be read remotely (HTSUS 9028.10.0000)
  • pulse output water meters of cast stainless steel (HTSUS 9028.20.0000)
  • fingertip pulse oximeters (HTSUS 9029.20.4080)
View USTR Notice

List 3

The exclusion process for List 3 closes on September 30, 2019. However, the first round of exclusions were announced.

Any organization that imports using the following tariffs numbers, regardless if the organization was the actual exclusion petitioner or not, is able to use the general exclusions listed below.

First Batch of List 3 General exclusions include:

These exclusions will remain in place until August 7, 2020.

The 10 product descriptions include:

  • Container units of plastics, each comprising a tub and lid therefore, configured or fitted for the conveyance, packing, or dispensing of wet wipes (3923.10.9000)
  • Injection molded polypropylene plastic caps or lids each weighing not over 24 grams designed for dispensing wet wipes (3923.50.0000)
  • Kayak paddles, double ended, with shafts of aluminum and blades of fiberglass reinforced nylon (3926.90.3000)
  • High tenacity polyester yarn not over 600 decitex (5402.20.3010)
  • Nonwovens weighing more than 25 g/m2 but not more than 70 g/m2 in rolls, not impregnated coated or covered (5603.92.0090)
  • Pet cages of steel (7323.99.9080)
  • Carts, not mechanically propelled, each with three or four wheels, of the kind used for household shopping (8716.80.5090)
  • Truck trailer skirt brackets, other than parts of general use of Section XV (8716.90.5060)
  • Inflatable boats, other than kayaks and canoes, with over 20 gauge polyvinyl chloride (PVC), each valued at $500 or less and weighing not over 52 kg (8903.10.0060)
  • Inflatable kayaks and canoes, with over 20 gauge polyvinyl chloride (PVC), each valued at $500 or less and weighing not over 22 kg (8903.10.0060)
View USTR Notice

List 4

We suggest that importers start prepping public comments now and submit them electronically when the link is available on  Find out the steps on how to submit comments here. The full list of instructions can be found on Page 4 of the USTR Notice.

How to Apply for Product Exclusions

  • There is a process through the USTR &
  • Recommend outside counsel involvement

Step 1: Know your 8-digit HTS subheading

Step 2: Enter your subheading here: USTR Section 301 Search

Step 3: Submit a Comment or Exclusion request Based on your HTS Subheading

Step 4: Check on the Status (The Public has comment periods)

If the comment period or product exclusion request period is open for a tariff action, the due date will include a clickable hyperlink that will direct you to the relevant electronic docket where a comment or product exclusion request may be submitted and the docket # will be included.


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