Law & Order

U.S. Trade Representative Grants Tariff Exclusion Requests for 437 Products From China

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has processed some requests for exclusions from the 25% tariffs imposed on List 1, List 2 and List 3 imports from China. The 437 products exempted range from aluminum radiators for motor vehicles to heat exchanger units, circuit boards, winches and dog harnesses. For products not exempted, the 25% tariffs are scheduled to increase to 30% on October 15, 2019.

Lists 1 and 2 goods are valued at $50 billion and include some miscellaneous metal and rubber parts for auto equipment, machinery, tools and measurement devices. List 3 covers about $200 billion worth of products including many auto parts, from engines and metal fasteners to tires, transmission belts, brake pads and suspension springs.

To be eligible for an exclusion, companies must demonstrate that the product is available only from China, that the duties will cause severe economic harm, and that the good is strategically important. The exclusions cover all imports under the HTS listing number, not just the request filed by an individual importer. The deadline for submitting exclusion requests has passed for Lists 1 and 2 but is open until September 30, 2019, for List 3.

Click here to view products granted exemptions:

  • List 1: Implemented July 6, 2018: exclusion lasts under September 20, 2020.
  • List 2: Implemented August 23, 2018: exclusion lasts under September 20, 2020.
  • List 3: Implemented September 24, 2018: exclusion lasts until August 7, 2020.

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