The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced the first (1st) set of product exclusions from List 2 Section 301 25% tariffs or duties on Chinese products. These exclusions relate to items that were included in the first list (‘List 2’) of products enacted on August 23, 2018. Products in List 2 include many technology imports with a combined value of $16 billion.
Complete product exclusion information, including Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) numbers, are included in the notice. This first set of List 2 exclusions includes 69 specific product descriptions along with the applicable enumerated U.S. Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code for reference. All products imported under a referenced HTS code are not exempt – only those products as described in the notice.
Exclusions are available for any product that meets the descriptions provided in the Federal Register notice, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.
The scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the 10-digit headings and product descriptions in the Annex, and not by the product descriptions set out in any request for exclusion.
Exclusions cover imports retroactive to August 23, 2018. Importers should carefully review this information to determine if any opportunity exists for duty refunds under these exclusions. Our U.S. Advisory Services team can assist with the identification of product exemptions and the filing of available refund claims with U.S. Customs.
Delmar International will continue to monitor U.S. Section 301 trade developments and provide updated information as it is made available.
Please contact your local Delmar Representative or email our U.S. Customs Advisory Services Group for additional information and assistance.