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Some Section 301 List 1 Product Exclusions Extended

Some Section 301 List 1 Product Exclusions Extended

Effective December 28, 2019 the U.S. Trade Representative has 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.

Section 301 List 1 exclusions

The following exclusions include:

  • 8418.69.0120 (drinking water coolers, self-contained)
  • 8525.60.1010 (CB transceivers)
  • Roller machines with dies for embossing paper, manually powered (8420.10.9080)
  • Angle cock handle assemblies, of iron and steel, each measuring 11.43 cm by 21.59 cm by 5.08 cm and weighing 0.748 kg (8481.90.9040
  • Radiation therapy systems, each encased by steel-based structural shell with gantry cover comprising three pairs of plastics-based panels (9022.14.0000)
  • Thermostats designed for air conditioning or heating systems, not designed to connect to the internet, the foregoing designed for wall mounting (9032.10.0030)

Any product imported from China on or after July 6, 2018 and before December 28, 2020 will be excluded from the 25% ad valorem duty rate.


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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.

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