China explains how to request retaliatory tariff exclusions

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June 2020


The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council of China (the Tariff Commission) on May 12, 2020, issued a narrow tariff exclusion notice exempting certain US-imported products, including medical disinfectants, from May 19, 2020, to May 20, 2021.

The Tariff Commission on February 28, 2020, issued Notice [2020] No. 2, Notice Regarding the Initiatives on Tariff Exclusion for US Imports under Market-Oriented Principle (the Notice), creating a process under which importers of certain products from the United States can apply for exclusions from the retaliatory tariffs imposed by China on imports of such products in response to the Section 301 tariffs imposed by the United States on imports of certain Chinese products. 

In contrast to the narrow exclusion notices issued by the Tariff Commission in 2019 and in February and May 2020, the Notice covers nearly 700 products in a wide range of categories.

The takeaway

The Notice allows importers of listed US products to obtain considerable savings through tariff exclusions. Chinese importers of US products should review the list of products and determine whether products they import are eligible for exclusion and if it would be advisable to request that additional products be added to the list.

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