Trump Administration announces Section 301 List 4A exclusion process

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced that on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 it will begin accepting tariff exclusion requests for Chinese products subject to an additional 15% tariff (Section 301 List 4A) that went into effect on Sep. 1, 2019.

Exclusion requests will be received via USTR’s online exclusion request processing portal at – details regarding the application process will be published in the Federal Register this week.

Floating docks, fishing gear and tackle, and water sports equipment were included on Section 301 List 4A. NMMA said it encourages all affected stakeholders to submit exclusion requests. For prior lists, USTR has tended to provide decisions most quickly to requests received early in the process.

NMMA added that it stands ready to help the industry navigate the exclusion process and will submit letters in support of requests.

More information on the Section 301 tariff exclusion request process is available here.

If you have questions, please contact NMMA senior vice president of government and legal affairs, Nicole Vasilaros at or NMMA director of federal government relations, Clay Crabtree at

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