The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently published several Federal Register Notices (March 26 and 31, 2020) announcing new granted exclusions for List 3 goods (currently 25 percent) and List 4A goods (currently 7.5 percent). In September 2018, the USTR imposed additional duties on Chinese-origin goods (List 3) with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion as part of the action in the USTR Section 301 investigation of China's acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. In September 2019, the USTR imposed additional duties on Chinese-origin goods (List 4A) with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion.
The List 3 tariff exclusions include seafood, chemicals, steel and aluminum goods, automobile and engine parts, electric motors, printed circuit boards, and hundreds of other product-specific items. These exclusions will be retroactive to Sept. 24, 2018, and remain in place until Aug. 7, 2020.
The List 4A tariff exclusions include sterile urology drain bags of plastics, ice bags of textile materials for treating injuries or soreness, and plastic pouches of a kind used with manually operated pill or tablet crushers to capture the powdered medicaments. These exclusions will be retroactive to Sept. 1, 2019, and remain in place until Sept. 1, 2020. The tariff exclusions are available for any product that meets the description, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. Please review our updated Section 301 Granted Exclusions tool in our Resource Library page.