The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced today more Section 301 tariff exclusions for certain imported Chinese products appearing on List 3. These products have been subject to Section 301 tariffs since September 24, 2018. The USTR determined that 83 specific product descriptions will be excluded from the tariffs, covering 95 separate exclusion requests, including: certain chemicals; certain polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film; certain gaskets, washers and seals made of nitrile rubber, ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber or fluoroelastomers; brake bushings; bamboo plates, bowls and trays; certain yarns, woven fabrics, nonwoven fabrics; certain imitation leather and other man-made fabrics; certain types of bolts; kerosene air heaters; certain freestanding cast iron bathtubs; certain portable work tables and saw horses; certain wrenches, clamps, drill bits; certain refrigerated lockers; pressure washers; certain types of ball and butterfly valves; certain portable electric space heaters and electric fireplaces; mobile wi-fi hotspots; certain gas ignition safety control devices; certain safety seat belts and assemblies; certain bicycle frames; certain unmounted lenses for rifle scopes, rangefinders and spotting scopes; certain battery-powered timers; certain wooden jewelry armoires; and certain bassinets.
These product exclusions will be retroactive to September 24, 2018, and remain in effect until August 7, 2020. These exclusions apply to any product that satisfies the description in the annexes 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 Harmonized Tariff Schedule heading and the product description appearing in the annex of the exclusion notice; it is not governed by the product description set out in any particular exclusion request. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will soon issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation. USTR will continue to issue determinations on pending requests on a periodic basis.