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Attention Importers: USTR Immediately Seeks Public Comment on Possible Exclusion Extensions

On August 6, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Federal Register notice exempting Section 301 tariffs for imports from China appearing on List4A (products from China with an annual trade value of $300 billion).

The exemptions cover one 10-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheading and nine specially prepared product descriptions, which altogether cover 25 separately filed exclusions requests. These exclusions will apply from September 1, 2019, through September 1, 2020; however, the USTR has simultaneously issued a separate Federal Register notice seeking public comment on potentially extending these product exclusions for up to one additional year. These exclusions apply to any product that satisfies the description in the annex of the Federal Register notice, regardless of whether the company using the exclusion filed the request. Each exclusion is governed by the scope of the HTS heading and the product description appearing in the annex of the exclusion notice; it is not governed by the description set out in any particular exclusion request.

Procedures to Comment on the Extension of Particular Exclusions:

To submit a comment regarding the extension of a particular exclusion granted

under the above referenced product exclusion notice under the $300 billion action,

commenters first must register on the portal at As noted

above, the public docket will be open from August 5, 2020, to August 20, 2020. After

registration, the commenter may submit an exclusion extension comment form to the

public docket.

To read more about formally commenting:

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

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