The US Trade Representative (USTR) announced on October 18 that, beginning at noon on October 31, it will begin accepting tariff exclusion requests for Chinese imports subject to the additional 15-percent tariff (List 4A tariffs) that went into effect on September 1, 2019.
Requests should be submitted through the USTR’s online exclusion request processing portal at exclusions.ustr.gov; details regarding the application process are available here. Exclusion requests will be accepted through January 31, 2020.
Exclusions will be effective for one year, retroactive to September 1, 2019.
The List 4A tariffs constitute the first tranche of tariffs on Chinese imports that could have a significant impact on consumer products, which were largely not affected by tranches 1-3. Interested parties that previously have not taken advantage of the exclusion process should evaluate this opportunity; if granted, an exclusion allows an importer to seek refunds on past Section 301 tariffs paid, as well as absolving it from having to pay Section 301 tariffs on the excluded product going forward.