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CBP CLARIFIES HONG KONG MARKING AND ORIGIN DECLARATIONS

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in Federal Register Notice 85 No. 155 FR 48551 that, “in light of the President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization issued on July 14, 2020, suspending the application of section 201(a) of the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 to the marking statute, section 304 of the Tariff Act of 1930, with respect to imported goods produced in Hong Kong, such goods may no longer be marked to indicate ‘Hong Kong’ as their origin, but must be marked to indicate ‘China.’”

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HONG KONG NO LONGER ALLOWED AS COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced in Federal Register Notice 85 No. 155 FR 48551  that, “in light of the President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization issued on July 14, 2020, suspending the application of section 201(a) of the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 to the marking statute, section 304 of the Tariff Act of 1930, with respect to imported goods produced in Hong Kong, such goods may no longer be marked to indicate ‘Hong Kong’ as their origin, but must be marked to indicate ‘China.'”

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CHINA TARIFFS: EIGHTH SET OF LIST 4A EXCLUSIONS ANNOUNCED

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released its eighth set of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 4A products currently subject to a 7.5% tariff in the Federal Register Notice 85 No. 155 FR 48627.

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CHINA TARIFFS: LIST 3 PRODUCT EXCLUSION EXTENSIONS ANNOUNCED

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office announced the extension of certain product exclusions to Section 301 List 3 products currently subject to a 25% tariff in Federal Register Notice 85 No. 155 FR 48600.

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CHINA TARIFFS: SECTION 301 ONE-YEAR EXCLUSIONS EXPIRING

Importers of goods manufactured in China who have been taking advantage of the one-year Section 301 China tariff exclusions are discovering that their exclusions are now expiring, subjecting their imports to the 25% (List 1-3) or 7.5% (List 4A) tariffs. 

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CHINA TARIFFS: SIXTH AND SEVENTH SETS OF LIST 4A EXCLUSIONS ANNOUNCED

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) office recently released its sixth and seventh lists of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 4A products currently subject to a 7.5% tariff.

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FRANCE DIGITAL SERVICES TAX: U.S. TO IMPOSE SECTION 301 TARIFFS ON IMPORTS

On Thursday, July 16, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced in the Federal Register Notice 85, No. 137 FR 43292, that effective January 6, 2021, the United States will impose a 25 percent tariff on $1.3 billion of imports from France. The 21 items affected include cosmetics, soaps and handbags as specified in the notice and at the bottom of this trade alert.

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CHINA TARIFFS: LIST 1 EXCLUSIONS EXPIRED AND EXTENDED

Beginning on December 28, 2019, many of the exclusions related to the China List 1 Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) numbers expired unless the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office chose to extend them.  All exclusions and extensions can be found on the USTR website.

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EXPORT LICENSE EXCEPTIONS FOR HONG KONG REVOKED

On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced with immediate effect that it is suspending any license exceptions for export to Hong Kong, reexports to Hong Kong and transfers (in-country) within Hong Kong of items subject to the Export Administrations Regulations (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774 that provide differential treatment than those available to the People’s Republic of China.

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CHINA TARIFFS: FIFTH SET OF LIST 4A EXCLUSIONS ANNOUNCED

On Friday, June 12, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released its fifth list of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 4A products currently subject to a 7.5% tariff in the Federal Register Notice 85 No. 114 FR 35975.

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