Recent News on Tariff Exceptions

The United States Trade Representative Office is allowing for importers and other interested parties to apply for tariff exception or exclusions for products from the List 3 Section 301 tariffs.  These products include over 5,700 HTSUS subheadings that cover food items, chemical intermediates, textile intermediates, fuel products, metal tools and housewares, electric and electronic consumer devices, vehicle components, and furniture, among others.

The process could emulate the List 1 and List 2 exclusion processes, which required requestors to submit (among other things) alternative sourcing information, annual import values and quantities, and product descriptions that are administered by CBP.

The USTR announced that applications will be accepted starting at noon on June 30, 2019. The last day to submit will be September 30, 2019.

Exclusions that are granted will be applied retroactively to September 24, 2018 (when the 10% duty was imposed) and will be in place for one year from the date when USTR publishes notice that the exclusion has been granted.

Importers should check the USTR’s website for details on the public notice and comment process.

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