Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced the second batch of products to be 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 remain in place until March 25, 2020. USTR notes that it will continue to issue decisions on pending exclusion requests on a periodic basis.

The following products are covered by the most recent exclusions.

- three existing 10-digit HTSUS subheadings: 8412.21.0045, 8430.31.0040, and 8607.21.1000

- 30 specially prepared product descriptions covering such items as submersible pumps; breast pumps; impellers and impeller housings; salad spinners; water filters for pools, aquariums, etc.; water purifiers; steel bucket elevators; rubber tracks used on construction equipment; automated data processing storage units; self-propelled pavers; check valves; electric motors; electrical transformers; soldering irons; liquid crystal display modules; and musical tuners

Click here for a full list of the newly excluded products and a wide range of other information concerning the Section 301 tariffs.

These exclusions must be claimed using new HTSUS subheading 9903.88.06. 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.

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