On July 29, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the extension of fourteen (14) China Section 301 List 2 product exclusions set to expire on July 31, 2020. These fourteen (14) extensions cover certain polytetrafluoroethylene, polyethylene film and sheets, gasoline or liquid propane engines, hand sanitizer dispensers, rotary tillers, AC motors with attached actuators, crankshafts or gears, wheel speed sensors, leak detectors, robots, motorcycles, and digital thermometers. The remaining fifty-five (55) China Section 301 List 2 product exclusions granted on July 31, 2019 will expire on July 31, 2020.
The product exclusions from the China Section 301 duties are available for any importer for any product that falls within the special product descriptions and enumerated ten-digit HTSUS classifications. This is true regardless of whether the importer filed the initial product exclusion request. Clients may also benefit by filing Post-Summary Corrections (PSCs) or Protests for entries of goods covered by a product exclusion to secure refunds plus interest. Unless liquidation extensions are granted, Protests may be required for liquidated entries. It is important to identify affected entries and filing deadlines. The refund process is complicated and should be carefully considered.
Clients may contact Ryan Thornton to obtain an updated version of the comprehensive spreadsheet we have prepared of all product exclusions from China Section 301 duties to date, which includes expiration dates.