In a May 28, 2020 Federal Register notice, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), without explanation or precedent, revoked two granted Section 301 product exclusions. In early May 2020, the USTR approved a batch of product exclusions for certain List/Tranche 4 products (imports from China with an annual trade value of $300 billion) from Section 301 tariffs. See Trump and Trade Update of May 11, 2020. Barely three weeks later, the USTR has announced that exclusions for two products have been removed and that Section 301 tariffs will again apply to imports of these products from China.
The two products that have had their Section 301 tariffs reinstated are:
- Tumblers or disposable graduated liners for pitchers, of plastics, of a kind used in healthcare facilities (described in statistical reporting number 3924.10.4000)
- Manually operated pill or tablet crushers of plastics, presented with attachable pouches of plastics for capturing and storing the resulting powders (described in statistical reporting number 8479.82.0080)