U.S. Trade Representative announces exclusion process for list 3 of Section 301 tariffs

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released the first details regarding the exclusion process for Chinese products on List 3 ($200 billion) of the Section 301 duties. USTR had previously stated that an exclusion process for List 3 was to be implemented along with the increase in the tariff rate from 10 percent to 25 percent.

The Federal Register notice released by USTR provides a timeframe for the exclusion process as well as the form to be used for submitting exclusion requests. To avoid delay that could harm U.S. stakeholders, USTR states that it will implement the exclusion process "on or around June 30, 2019."

The notice states that USTR expects to receive 60,000 exclusion requests for List 3 products, more than four times the number of requests received for List 1 and 2 combined. For prior lists, USTR has tended to provide decisions most quickly to requests received early in the process.

To help stakeholders navigate the exclusion process, NMMA will host a webinar in the coming days to provide more details on the process, how the association can assist with applications, and answer questions.

For more information, please contact NMMA senior vice president of government and legal affairs, Nicole Vasilaros at nvasilaros@nmma.org.

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