On September 30th, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced its latest round of product exclusions from Section 301 Chinese tariffs. Similar to the last set of exclusions, the USTR notice features 2 separate sets of exclusions, each containing the specially prepared HTS subheadings partially excluded from Section 301 List 1 and 2 tariffs.

The latest rounds of exclusions will retroactively apply to all products meeting the specified criteria effective the dates the U.S. first imposed each round of duties – July 6, 2018 (List 1) and August 23, 2018 (List 2).

As has been the case with past exclusions, all importers who have an eligible product from List 1 and List 2 are able to claim an exemption under the new exclusions for up to a year from the date the official notice is posted in the Federal Register, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.

The USTR will continue to issue decisions on pending exclusion requests on a periodic basis.

For all Shapiro customers, your Shapiro point of contact will be in touch shortly should this latest round of exclusions apply to your products.

Shapiro will also continue to monitor and provide status updates on our Section 301 Tariff News page as they become available.