Important news for importers paying Section 301 tariffs on products from China! Late last year, the USTR began reviewing a list of 549 previously extended exclusions. After months of review, USTR had determined that 352 exclusions will now be reinstated. Please note the following important details:
1.) For the full list of 352 reinstated exclusions as well as the USTR announcement, please visit the USTR website. Importers with products subject to the China Section 301 tariff are urged to please review the list closely to see if any of their products fall under any of the exclusions. Please reach out to your customs broker ASAP if you do believe that your products are subject to a reinstated exclusion.
2.) The 352 reinstated exclusions are retroactive to October 12, 2021. Entries released on or after that date will be eligible for the exclusion. Please note that CBP will not automatically refund duties. Importers will need to ask their customs broker to help file PSCs or Protests to claim back duties.
3.) The reinstated exclusions will be valid through December 31, 2022.
4.) CBP instructions for details about how to apply the reinstated exclusions are still pending. Until CBP provides instructions, entries of products subject to the exclusions will continue to be submitted with the Section 301 tariffs applied. Based on our experience from previous exclusions rollouts, it could take a few weeks for CBP to provide instructions and program their software to accept the reinstated exclusions.