USTR Sets Deadline for China Tariff Exclusion Requests

In response to the 25 percent tariffs put into effect July 6th on Chinese products imported under 818 tariff lines, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will provide an opportunity for the public to request exclusion of a particular product from the additional duties.

This will address situations that warrant excluding a particular product within a subheading, but not the tariff subheading as a whole. The process, outlined here, indicates that: 

  • The public will have 90 days to file a request for a product exclusion; the request period will end on October 9, 2018.
  • Following public posting of the filed request on, the public will have 14 days to file responses to the request for product exclusion.  After the close of the 14-day response period, interested persons will have an additional 7 days to reply to any responses received in support of or opposition to the request.
  • Exclusions will be effective for one year upon the publication of the exclusion determination in the Federal Register, and will apply retroactively to July 6, 2018.


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