Friday, January 8, 2021

Congressional Research Service Reports on China 301 Exclusions

In a report released January 7, 2021, the Congressional Research Service presented its analysis of the Section 301 Tariff Exclusions on U.S. Imports from China. Through January 31, 2020, the USTR receiveda total of 52,746 exclusion requests, pertinent to all four actions. Of these, 6,804 (13%) were granted and 45,942 (87%) were denied. Specifically, the exclusions are reflected in 89 10-digit HTSUS tariff subheadings and 2,120 specially prepared product descriptions—all of which cover 6,804 separate requests. Because most exclusions apply to specific products within a relevant subheading—not to entire subheadings, CRS could not determinethe exact amount of trade covered by the exclusions.The USTR has also issued extensions to certain exclusions. They apply to 42 (of the 89) HTSUS subheadings and 507 (of the 2,120) specially prepared product descriptions. These extensions have expired or are set to expirein March 2021.

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