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.
News / Regulatory Updates
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On April 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published 3 amendments to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) which should have a significant impact on business. The three rules are specific to the export, re-export, or transfer of U.S. jurisdiction goods, software, and technology to Chinese, Russian, and Venezuelan entities including both commercial and military end-users.
NAFTA regulations will be replaced by the recently ratified United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) which will enter into force July 1, 2020. View the notification published by Noatum Logistics here along with CBP’s website for implementation guidelines.
On Thursday, May 28, 2020, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office released a new list of product exclusions to the Section 301 List 3 products currently subject to a 25% tariff in the Federal Register Notice 85 No. 103 32094.