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USTR Excludes Dozens More Goods From China Tariff

Posted June 10, 2020

The Office of the United States Trade Representative continues to exclude more products from the administration’s Section 301 punitive surtax ($300 billion trade action, currently subject to 7.5% duty) on List 4A goods from China with yesterday’s announcement providing duty relief for dozens of goods based on 55 separate exclusion requests made by various U.S. importers. 

POTUS Seal against background of Chinese flag, containers, etc.

Scope of Coverage

The exemptions cover two 10-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule subheadings and 32 specially-prepared product descriptions, as follows:

The excluded HTS subheadings are:  

5210.11.4040 – Certain Plain Weave Cotton Sheeting

5210.11.6020 – Certain Plain Weave Cotton Poplin or Broadcloth

The exclusions with specially-prepared product descriptions include but are not limited to certain (check the Federal Register annex for specific details) of the following:

Certain Duck/Goose Down (described in HTSUS 0505.10.0055); Cyanuric Chloride (2933.69.6010); Plastic Kneeling Pads (3924.90.5650); Printed Books in Chinese Language (3926.90.9990); Knitted or Textile Fiber Gloves (6116.10.4400, 6116.10.5520, 6116.10.6500, 6116.93.8800, 6216.00.1720); Pillow/Comforter Shells (6307.90.9889); Nonalloy Steel Round Wire (7217.20.3000); Three-Way Hand-Operated Brass Irrigation Valve Parts (8481.90.1000); Lithium-Ion Batteries (8507.60.0020); Optical Channel Splitters (8517.62.0090); Television LCD Main Board Assemblies (8529.90.1300); OSHA-Grade Plastic Safety Spectacle Frames (9003.11.0000); Non-TV Capable LCD Modules (9013.80.9000); Stainless Steel/Titanium Wristwatch Cases (9111.20.4000, 9111.20.4000); Brass/Copper Watch Dials (9114.30.4000, 9114.30.4000); Wristwatch Hands (9114.90.4000); Child Safety Seat Parts (9401.90.1085); Fish Hooks (9507.20.8000); Plastic Mop Fittings (3926.90.9990); Polyester-Rayon Mop Heads (9603.90.8050); Swine Brush Hair (9603.90.8050); and Electrical Spark Lighters (9613.80.2090). 

Refunds Available

These exclusions will apply from September 1, 2019, through September 1, 2020, and apply to any product that satisfies the description in the Federal Register annex, regardless of whether the company using the exclusion filed the request.

Note: Each exclusion is governed by the scope of the HTS heading and the product description appearing in the annex of the exclusion notice; it is not governed by the product description set out in any particular exclusion request.

Need More Information?

If you have any questions about this latest round of tariff exclusions, need help determining whether your products qualify or require assistance filing to reclaim duties paid, don’t hesitate to contact one of our trade experts today.

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