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Ref. : EIC 111/2/18
EIC 111/3
EIC 111/3/13
CR EIC 111/1/13/3

9 April 2020
(updated on 14 April 2020)

Dear Sirs,

Commercial Information Circular No. 302/2020

US : Section 301 Tariffs on Mainland Products Worth US$34 billion - Extension of Certain Third Batch Product Exclusions from 25% Tariffs until 18 April 2021

The US Trade Representative (USTR) issued on 7 April 2020 a notice to announce extension of certain third batch product exclusions from 25% tariffs imposed on Mainland products worth about US$34 billion under the Section 301 investigation. The extension will apply as of 18 April 2020 until 18 April 2021 (one year).

DETAILS

2.On 6 July 2018, the US imposed an additional tariff of 25% on Mainland products worth approximately US$34 billion under the Section 301 investigation. The USTR also initiated an exclusion process for stakeholders to submit requests for the exclusion of specific products from the additional tariffs. Subsequently, eight batches of products exclusions were granted by the USTR. The third batch of product exclusions was announced on 18 April 2019 and will expire on 18 April 2020. For details, please refer to Commercial Information Circular Nos. 300/2019 and 103/2020 of 18 April 2019 and 10 February 2020 respectively.

3.After a public comment process, the USTR issued on 7 April 2020 a notice to announce extension of certain third batch product exclusions from 25% tariffs, which will apply as of 18 April 2020 until 18 April 2021 (one year). The products include eight specially prepared product descriptions, covering certain roller machines; ratchet winches; counterweight castings of iron or steel; tines, carriages, and other goods handling apparatus and parts; certain parts of metal shredders; steering wheels of stainless steel; pipe brackets of aluminium and instruments for measuring or checking voltage or electrical connections.

4.The exclusions are available for any product that meets the description set out in the exclusion, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.

5.For further details, please refer to the relevant notices:

  • Federal Register notice on extension of certain third batch product exclusions from 25% tariffs (10 April 2020):
    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-10/pdf/2020-07564.pdf
  • US Customs and Border Protection's guidance note on filing entries for extension of certain third batch product exclusions under US$34 billion List (List 1) (13 April 2020):
    https://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCBP-2864cca?wgt_ref=USDHSCBP_WIDGET_2

ENQUIRIES

6.For enquiries concerning the content of this circular, please contact Miss K Y HO at telephone number 2398 5405.

Yours faithfully,

(Miss Ivy TAM)
for Director-General of Trade and Industry

Note: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, the Department cannot guarantee this to be so and will not be held liable for any reliance placed on the same.