Importers who have products on Trump’s first tariff list should make note of the following when considering whether they should apply for an exclusion:
The request period for an exclusion ends on October 9, 2018. This is less than 90 days from now.
The government highly recommends using the Regulations.gov website to file the exclusion request.
The exclusion request is subject to public commentary.
Exclusions are effective for one year.
Exclusions will apply retroactively to July 6, 2018.
Exclusions are made on a product basis, not an importer basis. Therefore if an importer successfully requests an exclusion for a product, it will apply to all similar products including those brought in by other importers.