The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has decided to extend certain product exclusions from the $34 Billion Action pursuant to Section 301 for a period of one year, effective December 28, 2019, that were granted under heading 9903.88.05 and U.S. note 20(h) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.
Among the dozens of products covered, the exclusions include the following:
- Drinking Water Coolers, self-contained (8418.69.0120)
- CB Transceivers (8525.60.1010)
- Paper Embossing Roller Machines with Dies, manually powered (8420.10.9080)
- Rock-breaking Machines, self-propelled (8430.31.0040)
- Radiation Therapy Systems (9022.14.0000)
- Thermostats, designed for A/C or heating systems (9032.10.0030)
The other 33 exclusions granted in December 2018 (expired on Dec. 28, 2019), were declined extension and the 25 percent additional tariff has been reimposed on these items. This covered items such as: spark-ignition engines for marine propulsion, stainless steel stretchers, plastic salad spinners, water filtration apparatus, winches, elevators, belt conveyors, work stands, and stainless steel guards, scrapers, and suction boxes.
Second Round of Section 301 Tariff Exclusions (List 1)
The USTR is also considering a one year extension of the second round of Section 301 exclusions on List 1 goods from China, which are set to expire March 25, 2020.
Those wishing to obtain and extension should complete both Form A and Form B. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with the determination expected to be based mainly on whether the subject product remains available only from China.
Public comments regarding this action may be submitted between January 15, 2020 and February 15, 2020.
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