The US has imposed several rounds of additional tariffs on Chinese products against China’s violation of intellectual property practices under Section 301 of the US Trade Act of 1974. The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that it will open an exclusion process for the 15% additional tariff imposed on products from China on US Section 301 List 4A (Annex B on pages 27-140), which took effect 1 September 2019. This exclusion process will not cover goods on US Section 301 List 4B (Annex D on pages 147-168), which is scheduled to be implemented on 15 December 2019.
The exclusion request process will open for three months beginning Thursday, 31 October 2019 through Friday, 31 January 2020. An exclusion request form containing a list of questions can be found in the Federal Register Notice. Questions include general contact information, tariff code and import values for the requested product, company revenue, additional tariff costs, sources of supply, etc.
Exclusions can be submitted after creating an account at https://exclusions.ustr.gov/. Each exclusion request must identify a unique product, although a range of comparable goods within the product definition may be included in the same request.
Once an exclusion request is submitted, there is a 14-day period during which the public can respond in support or opposition of the request. The requester may then reply to a response within the later of 7 days after the close of the 14-day response period, or 7 days after the posting of a response.
Are your imports from China hit with 15% additional tariffs on US Section 301 List 4A? Find out how to navigate the Section 301 Tariff Process on the USTR website by entering the 8-digit HTS tariff code of your product. If you are paying additional duties due to these trade actions, we recommend you consider submitting an exclusion request to attempt to get your product off the targeted tariff list.
Don’t know the tariff code for your product? Visit US Harmonized Tariff Schedule Search Engine.
Need help filing the exclusion requests?
We can help you organize your request, and have developed a handy Trade Toolkit to help companies prepare to submit an exclusion request. Please contact us for more information and assistance.