On July 17, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the process for requesting extensions for China Section 301 List 4A product exclusions set to expire on September 1, 2020. 85 Fed. Reg. 43639 (July 17, 2020). These List 4A product exclusions cover eight (8) ten-digit HTS classifications and one hundred and thirty-six (136) product specific descriptions. Extension requests for these List 4A product exclusions may be submitted until August 14, 2020.
China Section 301 product exclusions are available for all merchandise meeting the description in the approved product exclusion, whether or not a company requested the product exclusion. A company may request extension of a product exclusion even if it did not request the initial product exclusion. Interested parties may file comments supporting or opposing extending an exclusion. The USTR indicates that the “focus of the evaluation will be whether, despite the first imposition of these additional duties in September 2019, the particular product remains available only from China.” Required information includes whether merchandise is available in the U.S., the quantity of merchandise sourced from China or domestic sources, and the economic harm to U.S. companies from these increased duties.
Clients using these List 4A product exclusions are encouraged to file extension requests by August 14 to extend the exclusions. For a comprehensive spreadsheet of the China Section 301 List 1, 2, 3, and 4A product exclusions, contact Ryan Thornton for our proprietary China Section 301 product exclusion spreadsheet.