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USTR Publishes the First Set of List Three Exclusions from Tariffs on China

Date: August 13, 2019

The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published its first notice on Aug 7 related to product exclusions under List 3. Products listed are excluded from tariffs imposed on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The short list covers one auto-related product, but the list could publish on a rolling basis.

The notice also indicated that the exclusions will apply from September 24, 2018 (the effective date of the tariff action) and will extend for one year after August 7, 2019, which is the FedReg publication date. Also, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation (not yet posted).

Below is the list of current exclusions:

“…the U.S. Trade Representative has determined that the additional duties provided for in

heading 9903.88.03 shall not apply to the following particular products, which are

provided for in the enumerated statistical reporting numbers:

(1) Container units of plastics, each comprising a tub and lid therefore, configured

or fitted for the conveyance, packing, or dispensing of wet wipes (described in

statistical reporting number 3923.10.9000)

(2) Injection molded polypropylene plastic caps or lids each weighing not over 24

grams designed for dispensing wet wipes (described in statistical reporting

number 3923.50.0000)

(3) Kayak paddles, double ended, with shafts of aluminum and blades of

fiberglass reinforced nylon (described in statistical reporting number


(4) High tenacity polyester yarn not over 600 decitex (described in statistical

reporting number 5402.20.3010)

(5) Nonwovens weighing more than 25 g/m2 but not more than 70 g/m2

in rolls, not impregnated coated or covered (described in statistical reporting number


(6) Pet cages of steel (described in statistical reporting number 7323.99.9080)

(7) Carts, not mechanically propelled, each with three or four wheels, of the kind

used for household shopping (described in statistical reporting number


(8) Truck trailer skirt brackets, other than parts of general use of Section XV

(described in statistical reporting number 8716.90.5060)

(9) Inflatable boats, other than kayaks and canoes, with over 20 gauge polyvinyl

chloride (PVC), each valued at $500 or less and weighing not over 52 kg

(described in statistical reporting number 8903.10.0060)

(10) Inflatable kayaks and canoes, with over 20 gauge polyvinyl chloride (PVC),

each valued at $500 or less and weighing not over 22 kg (described in

statistical reporting number 8903.10.0060)”

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