On September 30, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Federal Register Notice announcing two new sets of product exclusions for Section 301 tariffs on goods from China. The newly granted exclusions cover 92 product exclusions from the first tranche of Section 301 tariffs, which went into effect on July 6, 2018. The second set of granted exclusions cover 111 product exclusions from the second tranche, which went into effect on August 23, 2018. The exclusions from the first tranche mostly cover certain machinery, while the second tranche exclusions cover electrical components, such as certain electric motors, conductors, and copper wire. Importers and those affected by these tariffs are encouraged to review these lists and contact counsel should they require any additional clarification. The new exclusions will apply for one year from the date of publication on the Federal Register of the granted exclusion requests.
We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide future updates as developments occur. Please contact Husch Blackwell’s International Trade and Supply Chain team for more information.