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USTR Grants Second Round of Product Exclusion for Section 301 Tariffs

Staff | M.E. Dey & Company

In the March 25, 2019 Federal Register, the U.S. Trade Represented issued a second list of product exclusions from List 1 of the Section 301 tariffs. The USTR list grants full or partial exemptions for 33 tariff subheadings from the initial list (List 1) of $34 billion in Chinese products. The exclusions apply retroactively to July 6, 2018; the date that the List 1 tariffs took effect, and will extend for one year from the date posted in the Federal Register. All importers will be able to take advantage of these exclusions; regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.

1) Full exclusion of an existing 10-digit subheading; regardless of description:

  • 8412.21.0045 Linear hydraulic motors with telescoping cylinders
  • 8430.31.0040 Rock-breaking machines
  • 8607.21.1000 Rail air brakes

2) Exclusion based on specific product descriptions provided for in the following statistical reporting numbers (See Annex to the notice for specific qualifying product descriptions):

  • 8413.70.2004 Submersible centrifugal pumps with 36-volt motors
  • 8421.19.0000 Manual plastic salad spinners
  • 8413.81.0040 Breast pumps
  • 8421.21.0000 Saltwater aquarium filtering machines
  • 8421.21.0000 Freshwater filtering machines for pools or aquariums
  • 8421.21.0000 Hand-held ultraviolet water purifiers
  • 8421.21.0000 Washing machine water purifiers
  • 8421.22.0000 Wine sulfite filters
  • 8421.99.0040 Filter housings, covers, or couplings
  • 9031.80.8085 Clip-on musical tuning gauges
  • 9013.80.7000 LED modules between 113 and 339 mm
  • 8471.70.6000 Certain ADP storage units
  • 9014.80.2000 Depth-sounding apparatus with digital display, for recreational boating use
  • 8515.11.0000 Battery powered soldering irons or soldering guns, 18 cm or shorter
  • 8504.32.0000 Some small electrical transformers
  • 8431.49.9095 Construction equipment cleated rubber tracks
  • 8538.90.6000 Knobs of injection molded plastics
  • 8414.90.4165 Compressor housings for turbochargers
  • 8481.30.9000 Plastic check valves
  • 8481.30.9000 Some ABS check valves
  • 8413.91.9095 or, before 2019, 8413.91.9080 Certain plastic impellers for centrifugal pumps
  • 8428.32.0000 Certain steel bucket elevators
  • 8413.91.9095 or, before 2019, 8413.91.9080 Cast iron Impeller housings
  • 8439.91.9000 Rotors used in paper making
  • 8479.10.0060 Certain sizes of self-propelled asphalt pavers
  • 8539.90.0000 Ultraviolet lamp filament assemblies
  • 8501.10.4020 Certain types of AC electric motors between 6 and 16 W
  • 8501.31.5000 Certain types of DC motors rated at 739.6 W
  • 9027.90.5650 Certain plastic inoculator sets
  • 9018.90.7580 Restraint packs designed for use with chest compressors

The USTR notice provides a new HTS subheading (9903.88.06) to be used for qualifying products (i.e., those that would otherwise be covered by List 1 subheading 9903.88.01).

The product exclusions, detailed in a new U.S. Note 20(I) to subchapter III of chapter 99, and the new subheading (9903.88.06) has been added to the tariff schedule by the International Trade Commission (ITC).

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