U.S. Announces Additional Products Excluded From Chinese Tariffs

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released a new list of products excluded from tariffs on Chinese imports. In October 2019, the USTR opened the door for U.S. businesses to request exclusions of certain products on the tariff list. This is the second list of products from that request process, with the first announced in March 2020.

Exclusion requests submitted to the USTR had to address the following factors: whether the particular product is available only from China and specifically whether the particular product or a comparable product is available from sources in the U.S. or third-party countries, whether the imposition of additional duties on the particular product would cause severe economic harm to the requestor or other U.S. interests, and whether the particular product is strategically important or related to “Made in China 2025” or other Chinese industrial programs.

The products on the most recent list include a wide range of items, including some types of exterior doors, clothing, baby items, cylindrical steel drives, electric coffee makers, coins, electric snowblowers and lithium-ion batteries. The exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the USTR’s announcement, based on classification within an eight-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.

For more on the USTR’s announcement and the full list of new product exclusions, click here.

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