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Fabrics, Consumer Items Among New China Tariff Exclusions; Retroactive Refunds Available

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Additional exclusions from the Section 301 additional 25 percent tariff on List 3 goods from China have been announced by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Affected products include titanium dioxide, rubber sunroof stoppers, stuff sacks, leather mobile device covers, wood flooring, desk accessories, various fabrics, portable outdoor cookers, aluminum shovels, car polishing devices, fuel filters, digital scales, steel jacks, irrigation canal valves, AC motors, power supplies, electrical inverters, copper cable lugs, printed circuit board assemblies, electric conductors, wooden toddler beds, wooden fireplace mantels, and office furniture parts.

These exclusions (see attached for complete list), which must be claimed using new HTSUS subheading 9903.88.40, are reflected in one 10-digit HTSUS subheading, which covers six exclusion requests, and 46 specially prepared product descriptions, which cover 61 separate exclusion requests. They will be retroactive to Sept. 24, 2018, and remain in place to Aug. 7, 2020.

Importers should review the attached list of affected goods and apply for refunds of any tariffs paid on such goods since Sept. 24, 2018. These exclusions are available for any product that meets the specified product description, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. The scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the product descriptions set forth in the attached notice and not by the product descriptions in any particular request.

For more information on Section 301 tariffs, including exclusions and how to apply for duty refunds, please contact trade consultant Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or trade attorney Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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