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A Section 301 investigation in 2018 determined that China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are unreasonable and discriminatory. 

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On May 14, 2024, USTR released their mandatory review of these tariffs with recommendations to increase some tariffs on $18 billion worth of Chinese goods, establish an exclusion process for a limited number of products, and make other changes. A Federal Register notice soliciting comments on the proposed changes will be released the week of May 20th. Click here for an ST&R Trade Report article with more details.

On May 30, 2024, USTR released a Federal Register notice extending 429 product specific exclusions that were set to expire May 31, 2024 through June 14, 2024. However, USTR is only continuing the exclusions for 164 of those products (listed in Annex C) beyond that date and through May 31, 2025.  Click here for an ST&R Trade Report article with more details.

Additionally, USTR is accepting comments through June 28, 2024 on a proposal that would (1) increase some of the existing Section 301 tariffs on imports from China, (2) extend those tariffs to additional products, (3) establish an exclusion process by which interested parties may request that specific machinery used in domestic manufacturing be temporarily excluded from the tariffs through May 31, 2025, and (4) grant 19 temporary exclusions for specific solar manufacturing equipment, ostensibly through May 31, 2025. Click here for an ST&R Trade Report article with more details.

For assistance in obtaining refunds or determining if these exclusions apply to your company, contact an ST&R professional.

The ST&R spreadsheets listing all tariffed and excluded items are no longer available. Visit USITC's tariff page for an HTS search and tariff database.  

Background Information on Lists

Section 301 Tariff: List 4A & List 4B 

List 4A goods are subject to a 7.5% additional tariff as of February 14, 2020. There is no additional tariff on goods on list 4B. List 4 goods have a cumulative import value of $300 billion. 

List 4A goods were subject to a 15% additional tariff rate prior to the Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement signed by the United States and China on January 15, 2020. Find full details of the Phase One Agreement on USTR's website.

The original exclusions USTR granted applied as of the date granted and expired September 1, 2020. USTR has extended some exclusions and allowed others to expire.

ST&R has extensive experience assisting companies with mitigating the impact of this tariff increase through tariff classification, tariff engineering, first sale, and other methods. Contact us for assistance.

Section 301 Tariff: List 3
List 3 products, with a total import value of $200 billion, are subject to an additional 25% tariff as of May 10, 2019. List 3 products originally faced a 10% tariff which was effective September 24, 2018 until they were increased to 25%. 

The original exclusions USTR granted were retroactive to September 24, 2018 and expired August 7, 2020. USTR has extended some exclusions and allowed other exclusions to expire.

ST&R has extensive experience assisting companies with mitigating the impact of this tariff increase through tariff classification, tariff engineering, first sale, and other methods. Contact us for assistance.

Section 301 Tariff: List 2
List 2 products, with a total import value of $16 billion, are subject to an additional 25% tariff as of August 23, 2018. 

The original exclusions USTR granted were retroactive to August 23, 2018 and remained in place for one year after the exclusion determination was published in the Federal Register. USTR extended some exclusions and allowed other exclusions to expire.

ST&R has extensive experience assisting companies with mitigating the impact of this tariff increase through tariff classification, tariff engineering, first sale, and other methods. Contact us for assistance.

Section 301 Tariff: List 1
List 1 products, with a total import value of $34 billion, are subject to an additional 25% tariff as of July 19, 2018. 

The original exclusions USTR granted were retroactive to July 6, 2018 and remained in place for one year after the exclusion determination was published in the Federal Register. USTR has extended some exclusions and allowed other exclusions to expire.

ST&R has extensive experience assisting companies with mitigating the impact of this tariff increase through tariff classification, tariff engineering, first sale, and other methods. Contact us for assistance.

Exclusion Requests

Official Documents

General / Multiple Lists

Covid Extensions

List 4

List 3

List 2

List 1

Other

Action Items

Respond to the May 2024 mandatory review recommendations & comment on extensions

Importers of goods subject to the proposed tariff increases should contact ST&R to discuss options for avoiding or ameliorating those higher costs.

ST&R can also help importers of machinery that may be eligible for new tariff exclusions to navigate that process.

Email china301@strtrade.com for more information.


Join advocacy efforts to expand the exclusion reinstatement process

ST&R is working with companies to advocate for a full reopening of the exclusion process and a renewal of any previously expired exclusions.

Contact strdc@strtrade.com for more information.


Join the China Tariff Refund Lawsuit for List 3 & 4A Goods

There is still time for importers who have NOT filed a lawsuit in the Court of International Trade challenging the Section 301 tariffs on List 3 and 4A goods from China to do so. 

Email 301litigation@strtrade.com for more information or assistance filing your claim. 


General Questions

Email messages@strtrade.com with general questions about the Section 301 tariffs on China.

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