On August 7, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published Federal Register Notice 84 FR 38717 announcing the decision to grant the eighth round of certain exclusion requests from the 10 percent duty, and later amended to 25 percent duty, assessed under the Section 301 investigation related to goods from China ($200B Action - Tranche 3). These product exclusions relate to the imposed additional duties announced in 83 FR 47974 on Chinese goods with an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion as part of the action in the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The product exclusions announced in this notice will apply as of the September 24, 2018 effective date of the $200 billion action (Tranche 3), and will extend for one year after the publication of 84 FR 38717.
The exclusions are available for any product that meets the description as set out in the Annex to Federal Register Notice 84 FR 38717, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. Further, the scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) 10-digit headings and product descriptions in the Annex; not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion.
The functionality for the acceptance of the eighth round of products of China excluded from Section 301 duties will be available in Customs' Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as of Noon, August 8, 2019.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING ENTRIES SUBJECT TO PRODUCT EXCLUSIONS
Instructions on submitting entries to CBP containing products granted exclusions by the USTR from the Section 301 measures in 84 FR 38717 are as follows:
- In addition to reporting the regular Chapters 39, 54, 56, 73, 87 and 89 classifications of the HTSUS for the imported merchandise, importers shall report the HTSUS classification 9903.88.13 (Articles the product of China, as provided for in U.S. note 20(p) to this subchapter, each covered by an exclusion granted by the U.S. Trade Representative) for imported merchandise subject to the exclusion.
- Importers shall not submit the corresponding Chapter 99 HTS number for the Section 301 duties when HTS 9903.88.13 is submitted.
EIGHTH ROUND EXCLUSION LIST
(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 3926.90.3000)
(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 5603.92.0090)
(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 8716.80.5090)
(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)
Duty exclusions granted by the USTR are retroactive for imports on or after the initial effective date of September 24, 2018. To request a refund of Section 301 duties paid on previous imports of duty-excluded products granted by the USTR, importers may file a Post Summary Correction (PSC) if within the PSC filing timeframe. If the entry is beyond the PSC filing timeframe, importers may protest the liquidation.
Reminder: when submitting an entry summary in which a heading or subheading in Chapter 99 is claimed on imported merchandise, please refer to CSMS 18-000657 (Entry Summary Order of Reporting for Multiple HTS in ACE).
Imports which have been granted a product exclusion from the Section 301 measures, and which are not subject to the Section 301 duties, are not covered by the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) provisions of the Section 301 Federal Register notices, but instead are subject to the FTZ provisions in 19 CFR part 146.