Background

The Section 301 additional tariff on List 4A goods imported from China will be reduced from 15 percent to 7.5 percent as of 12:01 a.m. EST on Feb. 14, according to a notice from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. That is the effective date of the phase one trade agreement the U.S. and China signed Jan. 15 in Washington.

A full list of goods affected by this change, which have a total trade value of approximately $120 billion, is available here.

In addition to this reduction in tariffs, importers of List 4A goods, which have been subject to higher tariffs since Sept. 1, 2019, can request exclusions for their goods. However, such requests must be filed by Jan. 31. Requests must be submitted through an online portal and will require a significant amount of company and product information. 

ST&R has extensive experience helping companies file exclusion requests and respond to Section 301 tariff increases. Contact us for assistance.

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