U.S. Trade Representative Grants “List 2” Tariff Exclusion Requests for Products From China

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has processed some requests to be excluded from the 25% tariffs imposed on August 23, 2018, on $16 billion worth of products from China. The so-called “List 2” tariffs cover 279 Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) code listings, including many types of plastics and several automotive products.

The USTR has excluded 79 HTS code listings in two separate notices (Notice No. 1 and Notice No. 2) covering an assortment of goods from chemicals to thermometers. A limited number of auto parts were excluded, such as wheel and transmission speed sensors, mopeds, and spark-ignition combustion piston type engines (746 to 4,476 W). Additional List 2 exclusion requests are still being processed. The exclusions cover all imports under the HTS listing number, not just the request filed by an individual importer.  

The USTR has just begun accepting exclusion requests for List 3 products imported from China. Requests must be submitted by September 30. Find out additional information about List 3 extension requests. The List 3 group are subject to 25% tariffs and cover nearly $200 billion worth of products, including many auto parts, from engines and metal fasteners to tires, transmission belts, brake pads and suspension springs.  

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