Update on China Section 301 List 1 and 2 Products

Posted on Sep 21

September 21, 2020

USTR Extends Some Tariff Exclusions for List 1 and 2 Products But Many Expire on September 20here.

List 2 contained 17 parts where the exclusions were extended to December 31, 2020, the List 2 Notice can be found here.

The USTR did not extend over 300 exclusions previously granted to products subject to List 1 or 2 tariffs.

This means that the exclusions for these products will expire on September 20, 2020, so effective September 21st, these products will carry the additional Chinese 25% duties that were originally assessed.

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August 5, 2020

USTR Seeks Public Comments for Extending List 1 Product Exclusions

The Office of the United States Trade Representative is initiating a review of certain List 1 products HTS provisions for possible 12 month extensions of exclusions from the China Section 301 tariffs.

A copy of the notice can be found here.

Comments may be submitted between August 1 and August 30,2020.

All submission requests must be sent electronically via the USTR Comment Portal, the docket number is USTR-2020-0030.

This exclusion extension review is in regards to three sets of previously granted exclusions that are set to expire on October 2, 2020. Links to those previously granted exclusions are listed below:

Exclusions granted October 2, 2019 (84 FR 52567) at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-02/pdf/2019-21420.pdf
Exclusions granted December 17, 2019 (84 FR 69016) at https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/%2434_Billion_Notice_of_Product_Exclusion_and_Amendments.pdf
Exclusions granted February 11, 2020 at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-02-11/pdf/2020-02684.pdf

In evaluating comments, the USTR will be focusing on responses such as, but not limited to the following:

> Can the product be sourced elsewhere?
> Have there been any changes to the product’s supply chain?
> What (if any) efforts have been made to source the product elsewhere?
> Whether Chinese suppliers have lowered their prices for the excluded product following the imposition of tariffs
> What is the value and quantity of the excluded product purchased from domestic and third-country sources in 2018 and 2019?
> Whether the imposition of tariffs on the excluded product will result in severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. interests
> Whether the commenter supports or opposes extending the exclusion and why

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July 9, 2020

USTR Grants Exclusion Extensions to 12 Products from China Section 301 List 1 But Does Not Extend Exclusions On Almost 100 Other Products

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that only 12 exclusions from the sixth round of Section 301 tariff exclusions on List 1 goods (found here) would be receiving extensions until December 31, 2020, however they did not grant extensions to many of the other products and as a consequence, Section 301 25% duties will again have to be paid on those items effective July 9, 2020.

The complete USTR notice can be found here.

The 12 items granted extensions until December 31, 2020 are:
(1) Direct acting and spring return pneumatic actuators, each rated at a maximum pressure of 10 bar and valued over $68 but not over $72 per unit (described in statistical reporting number 8412.39.0080)
(2) Pump casings and bodies (described in statistical reporting number 8413.91.9080 prior to January 1, 2019; described in statistical reporting number 8413.91.9095 effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019; described in statistical reporting number 8413.91.9085 or 8413.91.9096 effective January 1, 2020)
(3) Pump covers (described in statistical reporting number 8413.91.9080 prior to January 1, 2019; described in statistical reporting number 8413.91.9095 effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019; described in statistical reporting number 8413.91.9085 or 8413.91.9096 effective January 1, 2020)
(4) Pump parts, of plastics, each valued not over $3 (described in statistical reporting number 8413.91.9080 prior to January 1, 2019; described in statistical reporting number 8413.91.9095 effective January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019; described in statistical reporting number 8413.91.9085 or 8413.91.9096 effective January 1, 2020)
(5) Compressors, other than screw type, used in air conditioning equipment in motor vehicles, each valued over $88 but not over $92 per unit (described in statistical reporting number 8414.30.8030)
(6) Structural components for industrial furnaces (described in statistical reporting number 8514.90.8000)
(7) Aluminum electrolytic capacitors, each valued not over $3.20 (described in statistical reporting number 8532.22.0085)
(8) Rotary switches, rated at over 5 A, measuring not more than 5.5 cm by 5.0 cm by 3.4 cm, each with 2 to 8 spade terminals and an actuator shaft with D-shaped cross section (described in statistical reporting number 8536.50.9025)
(9) Rotary switches, single pole, single throw (SPST), rated at over 5 A, each measuring not more than 14.6 cm by 8.9 cm by 14.1 cm (described in statistical reporting number 8536.50.9025)
(10) Zinc anodes for use with machines and apparatus for electroplating, electrolysis or electrophoresis (described in statistical reporting number 8543.30.9080)
(11) Weather station sets, each consisting of a monitoring display and outdoor weather sensors, having a transmission range of not over 140 m and valued not over $50 per set (described in statistical reporting number 9015.80.8080)
(12) Multi-leaf collimators of radiotherapy systems based on the use of X-ray (described in statistical reporting number 9022.90.6000)”

Products NOT granted an extension include items such heat exchangers, dental equipment, spring operated motors, impellers, fork lift trucks, and many other items.

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June 10, 2020

Additional China List 1 Tariff Exclusions Considered for Extension

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments regarding the extension of China Section 301 List 1 products (found here) that were granted exclusions in September 2019 and are set to expire on September 20, 2020.

Comments are due no later than July 7, 2020.

A copy of the USTR notice can be found here.

If you would like to submit a comment regarding this latest announcement by the USTR, please note that all submission requests must be sent electronically via the USTR Comment Portal and the docket number is USTR-2020-0021. The portal will be open for comments on June 8, 2020, and the period for comments will end at midnight on July 7, 2020.

In evaluating comments, the USTR will be focusing on responses such as, but not limited to the following:

> Can the product be sourced elsewhere?
> Have there been any changes to the product’s supply chain?
> What (if any) efforts have been made to source the product elsewhere?
> Whether Chinese suppliers have lowered their prices for the excluded product following the imposition of tariffs
> What is the value and quantity of the excluded product purchased from domestic and third-country sources in 2018 and 2019?
> Whether the imposition of tariffs on the excluded product will result in severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. interests
> Whether the commenter supports or opposes extending the exclusion and why

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June 01,2020

USTR Grants Extensions to Additional List 1 Products

On May 28, 2020 the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that 16 previously granted exclusions that were set to expire on June 4, 2020 would be extended until December 31, 2020. The excluded products and their applicable HTS numbers are listed below:

> 8413.50.0010 – Oil well and oil field crank-balanced, long-stroke and beam pumps
> 8413.70.2004 – Centrifugal pumps, submersible, other than for use with machines for making cellulosic pulp, paper or paperboard; the foregoing pumps rated not over 15 kW
> 8413.70.2004 – Submersible pump incorporating a magnetic drive motor
> 8413.70.2090 – Centrifugal pumps designed for eliminating condensate, the foregoing not elsewhere specified or included
> 8413.91.9010 – Housings for water pumps of subheading 8413.30.90
> 8419.19.0040 – Solar water heaters incorporating glass tube heat collectors and including glass tubes and stands with tanks
> 8419.90.3000 – Heat exchanger plates, cores, finned tubes, cones, shells, bonnets, flanges and baffles
> 8428.90.0290 – Garage door opener/closers
> 8430.10.0000 – Pile drivers, diesel powered
> 8431.39.0010 – Welded frames designed to support conveyor rollers
> 8483.90.8010 – Coupling covers, including center members, flanged hubs, sleeves and shoes
> 8501.53.8040 – AC multi-phase motors, each of an output exceeding 300 kW but not exceeding 310 kW, fitted with pulleys and brakes to raise and lower passenger elevators
> 8504.40.4000 – Regenerative speed drive controllers for controlling speed of electric motors for elevators
> 8504.40.4000 – Speed drive controllers for electric motors, each such controller measuring 100 mm or more but not over 130 mm in length, 40 mm or more but not over 125 mm in width and 24 mm or more but not over 85 mm in height
> 8529.90.9900 – Projector parts
> 9018.19.9560 – Disposable surface electrodes for intra-operative neuromonitoring (“IONM”) systems, each composed of a surface electrode pad, an insulated wire, and a standard DIN 42802 connector

A copy of the USTR notice can be found here.

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May 14, 2020

USTR Extends Exclusions for Certain List 1 Items until December 31, 2020

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has extended until December 31, 2020 the exclusion of the following products from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on imports of List 1 goods from China.

A copy of the Federal Register Notice can be found here.

Two complete HTS subheadings have been extended as per the below:

• 8481.10.0090 (other pressure-reducing valves)
• 8483.50.9040 (other flywheels and pulleys)

The following product specific exclusions have also been extended until December 31, 2020.

• filtering or purifying machinery or apparatus of a kind used for waste water treatment (described in 8421.21.0000)
• air purification equipment, electrically powered, weighing less than 36 kg (described in 8421.39.8015)
• armatures designed for use in hydraulic solenoid valves (described in 8481.90.9040)
• C-poles, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in 8481.90.9040)
• metering spools, of aluminum, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in 8481.90.9040)
• metering spools, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in 8481.90.9040)
• poles, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in 8481.90.9040)
• push pins, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in 8481.90.9040)
• retainers, of steel, designed for use in hydraulic solenoid control valves (described in 8481.90.9040)
• stereoscopic microscopes, not provided with a means for photographing the image, valued not over $500 per unit (described in 9011.10.8000)
• adapter rings, tubes and extension sleeves, stands and arm assemblies, stages and gliding tables, eye guards and focusing racks, all the foregoing designed for use with compound optical microscopes (described in 9011.90.0000)

Conversely, exclusions granted to other products in May of 2019 will expire on May 14, and the additional 25% duties will again be assessed.

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April 4, 2020

USTR Announces Tariff Exclusion Extensions for 8 Products from China List 1

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has extended until April 18, 2021 the exclusion of 8 products from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on imports of List 1 goods from China. The specific products and HTS numbers are listed below:

8420.10.9080 – Roller machines designed for cutting, etching or embossing paper, foil or fabric, manually powered
8425.39.0100 – Ratchet winches designed for use with textile fabric strapping (described in statistical reporting number
8431.20.0000 – Counterweight castings of iron or steel designed for use on fork lift and other work trucks
8431.20.0000 – Tines, carriages, and other goods handling apparatus and parts designed for use on fork lift and other works trucks
8479.90.9496 – Reject doors, pin protectors, liners, front walls, grates, hammers, rotor and end disc caps, and anvil and breaker bars, of iron or steel, the foregoing parts of metal shredders
8479.90.9496 – Steering wheels designed for watercraft, of stainless steel, having a wheel diameter exceeding 27 cm but not exceeding 78 cm
8481.90.9040 – Pipe brackets of aluminum, each with 4 ports, the foregoing measuring 27.9 cm x 20.3 cm x 17.8 cm and weighing 11.34 kg, designed for installation into air brake control valves
9030.33.3800 – Instruments for measuring or checking voltage or electrical connections; electrical circuit tracers

A copy of the notice from the Federal Register can be found here.

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03/18/2020

On Friday, March 13, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that several exclusions from the second round of Section 301 tariff exclusions on List 1 goods will be granted extensions. A copy of the USTR notice can be found here.

Two complete HTS numbers that had previously been granted exclusions until March 25, 2020 have been extended until March 25, 2021. These HTS numbers are 8412.21.0045, and 8607.21.1000.

Additionally, nine other HTS codes that contained product specific exclusions have also been extended until March 25, 2020. The specific product descriptions are outlined below:

1. Breast pumps, whether or not with accessories or batteries (HTS 8413.81.0040)
2. Machinery for filtering water, submersible, powered by batteries, manually operated, such machinery designed for use in pools, basins, aquariums, spas or
similar contained bodies of water (HTS 8421.21.0000)
3. Hand-held ultraviolet water purifiers, powered by batteries (HTS 8421.21.0000)
4. Filters designed to remove sulfites from wine (HTS 8421.22.0000)
5. Filter housings, covers, or couplings, the foregoing of steel and comprising parts of machinery or apparatus for filtering liquids (HTS 8421.99.0040)
6. Vulcanized rubber tracks, each incorporating cords and cleats of steel, designed for use on construction equipment (HTS 8431.49.9095)
7. Automated data processing storage units (other than magnetic disk drive units), not assembled in cabinets for placing on a table or similar place, not presented with any other unit of a system (HTS 8471.70.6000)
8. Electric motors, AC, permanent split capacitor type, each in a housing with outside diameter of 84 mm or less, with output of 6 W or more but not exceeding 16 W (HTS 8501.10.4020)
9. Inoculator sets of plastics, each consisting of a plate with multiple wells, a display tray, and a lid; when assembled, the set measuring 105 mm or more but not exceeding 108 mm in width, 138 mm or more but not exceeding 140 mm in depth, and 6.5 mm or less in thickness (HTS 9027.90.5650)

Please note that these exclusions are available for any product that meets the specified product description, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.

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02/11/2020

On Monday, February 10th, the USTR announced a limited group of product exclusions for Section 301 List 1 Tariffs.

A copy of the February 10 notice can be found here. These most recent exclusions apply to four specific product descriptions as listed below:

• Centrifugal pumps, submersible, designed for use in artificial lift systems for extracting oil and gas (described in statistical reporting number 8413.70.2004)
• Pistons and housings for hydraulic fluid power pumps of the type used in power lawn mowers (described in statistical reporting number 8413.91.9050 prior to January 1, 2019; described in statistical reporting number 8413.91.9060 effective January 1, 2019)
• Furnace roll end-shafts of steel (described in statistical reporting number 8417.90.0000)
• Multi-phase AC motors of an output of at least 5.8 kW but not exceeding 14.92 kW, each assembled with planetary gears and a gearbox (described in statistical reporting number 8501.52.4000)

This latest round of exclusions will retroactively apply to all products meeting the specified criteria effective July 6, 2018 and will expire on October 1, 2020. As usual, any importer who has an eligible product is able to claim an exemption under the new exclusions, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.

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December 23, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced it is extending exclusions of the following List 1 products from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on imports from China. The product exclusion extensions announced in this notice will apply as of December 28, 2019 and will extend the exclusions for one year.

• HTSUS 8418.69.0120 (drinking water coolers, self-contained)

• HTSUS 8525.60.1010 (CB transceivers)

• roller machines with dies for embossing paper, manually powered (described in HTSUS 8420.10.9080)

• angle cock handle assemblies, of iron and steel, each measuring 11.43 cm by 21.59 cm by 5.08 cm and weighing 0.748 kg (described in HTSUS 8481.90.9040)

• radiation therapy systems, each encased by steel-based structural shell with gantry cover comprising three pairs of plastics-based panels (described in HTSUS 9022.14.0000)

• thermostats designed for air conditioning or heating systems, not designed to connect to the Internet, the foregoing designed for wall mounting (described in HTSUS 9032.10.0030)

It is important to note that the USTR declined to extend the other 33 exclusions granted in December 2018, which covered such items 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. These exclusions will expire as of Dec. 28, at which point the 25 percent additional tariff will again be imposed on covered goods.

A copy of the complete USTR notice can be found here.

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UPDATE October 31, 2019

The USTR Will Open a Public Comment Period on Extending the First Round of Section 301 Exclusions

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced that on November 1, 2019 they will open a process to consider 12 month extensions of the Section 301 List 1 exclusions that were issued on December 28, 2018.

These exclusions are set to expire on December 28, 2019, and the USTR is now considering a possible extension of these exclusions and will evaluate each on a case-by-case basis.

Comments may be submitted between November 1 and November 30, 2019.

The official notice will be issued later this week but a copy can already be found here.

According to the USTR, the focus of the evaluation will be whether, despite the first imposition of these additional duties in July 2018, the particular product remains available only from China.

In addressing this factor, commenters should address specifically:

Whether the particular product and/or a comparable product is available from sources in the United States and/or in third countries.
Any changes in the global supply chain since July 2018 with respect to the particular product, or any other relevant industry developments.
The efforts, if any, the importers or U.S. purchasers have undertaken since July 2018 to source the product from the United States or third countries.

In addition, USTR will continue to consider whether the imposition of additional duties on the products covered by the exclusion will result in severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. interests.

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UPDATE July 9, 2019

The USTR has announced that more than 100 additional goods have been excluded from the additional 25 percent duty previously imposed on some $34 billion worth of imports from China (List 1 goods).

These exclusions cover 110 specially prepared product descriptions listed in the enclosed notice that were derived from 362 separate exclusion requests. The exclusions will be retroactive to July 6, 2018, and remain in place until July 9, 2020.

For your convenience we created the 2019-07-09 – Product List – Section 301 List 1 that allows you to search the newly excluded products by product description or HTSUS number.

Please contact your V. Alexander account team with any questions.

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UPDATE June 4, 2019

The USTR Has Issued the Fifth Round of Section 301 List 1 Product Exclusions

June 4, 2019

In a Federal Register Notice issued today (click here), the USTR has announced another round of total or partial exclusions to China List 1 Section 301 duties of 25%.

HTS subheading 8537.10.8000 has been granted a complete exclusion, and the following HTS subheadings have been granted partial exclusions:

8411.99.9085, 8413.50.0010, 8413.50.0070, 8413.70.2004, 8413.70.2005, 8413.70.2090, 8413.30.90, 8413.91.9010, 8413.91.9060, 8414.90.4190, 8418.69.0110, 8418.69.0180, 8419.19.0040, 8419.40.0080, 8419.90.3000, 8421.99.0080, 8427.10.8090, 8428.90.0290, 8429.40.0020, 8429.52.1010, 8430.10.0000, 8431.39.0010, 8455.22.0000, 8482.10.5060, 8482.40.0000, 8482.99.0500, 8482.99.6595, 8483.90.8010, 8501.53.8040, 8504.40.4000, 8504.40.4000, 8504.90.6500, 8525.60.1050, 8529.10.4040, 8529.90.9900, 8536.41.0050, 8536.50.9035, 8536.50.9065, 8536.90.4000, 8543.30.9040, 9018.19.9560, and 9024.10.0000.

Imported products that qualify for this latest round of exclusions will be applied retroactively to July 6, 2018 when the 25% additional duties were first applied. As in the past, importers whose products qualify for the exclusion have up to one year from the date of the notice to claim the exemption.

Please contact your V. Alexander account team with any questions.

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UPDATE April 14, 2019

April 18, 2019

 

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has just announced a third group of 21 specific products to be excluded from the additional 25% tariff rates imposed on List 1 goods. The exclusions are retroactive to July 6, 2018 and will remain in place until April 18, 2020. Various products are covered by this latest exclusion and were based on 348 exclusion requests.

 

The Federal register Notice can be found here, and a list of the specific products granted the exclusion are listed below.

 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your V. Alexander account team.

 

(1) Pumps designed for countertop appliances for serving beer, the foregoing that

control the level of carbonation by means of sonic waves (described in

statistical reporting number 8413.19.0000)

 

(2) Roller machines designed for cutting, etching or embossing paper, foil or

fabric, manually powered (described in statistical reporting number

8420.10.9080)

 

(3) Water oxidizers and chlorinators (described in statistical reporting number

8421.21.0000)

 

(4) Ratchet winches designed for use with textile fabric strapping (described in

statistical reporting number 8425.39.0100)

 

(5) Continuous action elevators and conveyors, designed to convey mineral

materials (described in statistical reporting number 8428.33.0000)

 

(6) Counterweight castings of iron or steel designed for use on fork lift and other

works trucks (described in statistical reporting number 8431.20.0000)

 

(7) Tines, carriages, and other goods handling apparatus and parts designed for

use on fork lift and other works trucks (described in statistical reporting

number 8431.20.0000)

 

(8) Parts of drill sharpening machines (described in statistical reporting number

8466.93.9885)

 

(9) Outer shells of hydraulic accumulators, of iron or non-alloy steel, cylindrical

with hemispherical heads on each end (described in statistical reporting

number 8479.90.9496)

 

(10) Parts of mechanical awnings and shades (described in statistical reporting

number 8479.90.9496)

 

(11) Reject doors, pin protectors, liners, front walls, grates, hammers, rotor and end

disc caps, and anvil and breaker bars, of iron or steel, the foregoing parts of

metal shredders (described in statistical reporting number 8479.90.9496)

 

(12) Steering wheels designed for watercraft, of stainless steel, having a wheel

diameter exceeding 27 em but not exceeding 78 em (described in statistical

reporting number 8479.90.9496)

 

(13) Pressure regulators of brass or bronze, whether high or low inlet type, having

a rated flow rate of 55,000 – 150,000 BTU/hr, maximum inlet pressure of 0.17

MPa to 1. 72 MPa, inlet connection with POL or thread type of fitting

(described in statistical reporting number 8481.1 0.0090)

 

(14) Pipe brackets of aluminum, each with 4 ports, the foregoing measuring 27.9

em x 20.3 em x 17.8 em and weighing 11.34 kg, designed for installation into

air brake control valves (described in statistical reporting number

8481.90.9040)

 

(15) Push pins and C-poles of steel, designed for use in variable force solenoid

valves (described in statistical reporting number 8481.90.9040)

 

(16) Ball bearings of a width not exceeding 30 mm (described in statistical

reporting number 8482.10.5032)

 

(17) Inductor baseplates of aluminum, each with a length measuring 149.20 mm or

more but not over 275 mm, with a width measuring 119.40 mm or more but

not over 232 mm and with a depth of 10.50 mm or more but not over 19 mm,

with a weight of0.48 kg or more but not over 3.2 kg (described in statistical

reporting number 8504.90.9690)

 

(18) Parts of soldering irons and soldering machines (described in statistical

reporting number 8515.90.4000)

 

(19) Motor vehicle gear shift switch assemblies, comprised of a plunger, connector

and gear shift lever (described in statistical reporting number 8536.50.9065)

 

(20) Pressure switches designed for use in heat pumps and air-conditioning

condensers having a rating of 1.90 megapascals or more but not over 4.55

megapascals (described in statistical reporting number 8536.50.9065)

 

(21) Instruments for measuring or checking voltage or electrical connections;

electrical circuit tracers (described in statistical reporting number

9030.33.3800)

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UPDATE: March 28, 2019

As mentioned below, Federal Register Notice dated March 25, 2019 has now been issued which lists the 3 HTS numbers that are totally exempt from additional duties, as well as those products that may qualify for the partial exemption of an additional 30 HTS numbers.

Please note that these partial exemptions are product specific so even if you import items under any of these 30 HTS numbers, your product still may not qualify for the exemption. To review the specific product requirements, you can access the Federal Register Notice below.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/25/2019-05588/notice-of-product-exclusions-chinas-acts-policies-and-practices-related-to-technology-transfer

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has just announced a second round of products that will be either completely or partially excluded from the additional 25 percent duty imposed on some $34 billion worth of imports from China (List 1 goods).

These exclusions will be retroactive to July 6, 2018, and will remain in place for one year after the date of publication of the exclusion determination in the Federal Register, which we expect to be published shortly.

In total, 33 additional tariffs will be excluded either completely or partially.

The following three HTS numbers are totally excluded: 8414.21.0045, 8430.31.0040, 8607.21.1000.

The following 30 additional HTS numbers will be granted a partial exclusion:

8413.70.2004, 8413.81.0040, 8413.91.9095, 8413.91.9080, 8414.90.4165, 8421.19.0000, 8421.21.0000, 8421.22.0000, 8421.99.0040, 8428.32.0000, 8431.49.9095, 8439.91.9000, 8471.70.6000, 8479.10.0060, 8481.30.9000, 8501.10.4020, 8501.31.5000, 8504.32.0000, 8515.11.0000, 8538.90.6000, 8539.90.0000, 9013.80.7000, 9014.80.2000, 9018.90.7580, 9027.90.5650, 9031.80.8085.

These exclusions can be claimed using new HTSUS subheading 9903.88.06, and they are available for any product that meets the specific product description, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.

USTR notes that the scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the 10-digit headings and the specific product descriptions and not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion.

For additional information, please contact your V. Alexander account team.