Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection states that once the current federal government shutdown ends it will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation for goods newly excluded from the additional 25 percent Section 301 tariff on goods imported from China. Click here for more information on these exclusions, which will apply as of the July 6, 2018, effective date of the tariff increase and extend through Dec. 27, 2019.

According to CBP, updates to the Automated Commercial Environment to reflect the tariff exclusions will not be implemented until ten business days after the shutdown has concluded. Until then (a) importers will have to continue paying the additional tariff on affected goods and (b) entries and entry summaries of such goods must be submitted without the HTSUS Chapter 99 product exclusion numbers referenced in the Federal Register notice of the product exclusions and will be rejected by ACE if those numbers are transmitted.

CBP notes that once it issues guidance and implements ACE enhancements (i.e., ten days after the shutdown ends) filers may submit post-summary corrections or protests to obtain refunds.

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