International Tariffs News Timeline

Staying up to date with the latest international trade news can be a full-time job. Our experts have focused on simplifying the complex tariff changes by providing the below easy to scan timeline. If you have any questions, please contact our team.

February 12, 2021 – Chinese New Year Celebrations Close Most Factories and Businesses Through February 26, 2021

2021 is being celebrated as the Year of the Ox. Chinese New Year is historically known as when businesses cease operations in China and families go home to celebrate for up to two weeks. During this period, imports and exports from China are minimal. With the severe vessel backlog in many U.S. ports, the Chinese New Year will hardly be noticed by importers as they wait for their cargo to be offloaded from vessels that arrived up to three weeks earlier.

February 8, 2021 – Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Announces Mandatory ACE Filing of FWS-Regulated Products Beginning June 2021

The FWS has been developing their Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) requirements over the last few years and is approaching the rollout date in June of 2021. As one of the last participating government agencies to convert to ACE, the FWS Implementation Guide outlines the three requirements for using the ACE system. The requirements include requiring an FWS Import/Export License, FWS Prior Notice of at least 48 hours for certain imports and customs entry through a designated FWS port of entry/exit.

January 25, 2020 – Implementation of the USDA’s APHIS Core Message Set Begins in January 2021; Full Enforcement Expected to Begin in March 2021

After several years of development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Core is closer to completion. APHIS Core targets hundreds of agricultural imports, including plants, plant products, animal products and live dog imports. The implementation guidance is available from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and provides technical assistance in understanding the pieces of information required for the new program. Importers are encouraged to begin submitting now with their broker in advance of March’s full enforcement date.

January 25, 2021 – New Aluminum Licensing Platform, “Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis System,” Delayed to March 29, 2021

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) planned to roll out its new Aluminum Import Monitoring (AIM) program on January 25, 2021, requiring license applicants to apply for certain aluminum import licenses. This program mirrors the DOC’s Steel Import License Program and will help the agency better monitor aluminum imports. The program has been delayed to 3/29/21 to allow for issues in the current system to be rectified.

December 31, 2020 – S301 Exclusions Expire; PPE-Related Exclusions Extended to March 31, 2021

Hundreds of tariffs eligible for exclusion from the S301 China duties expired on 12/31/20, requiring importers to pay 25% or 7.5% trade remedy tariffs. A small number of tariffs related to PPE items had their exclusions extended to March 31, 2021.

December 29, 2020 – S232 Exclusions Issued for 100+ Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

The Department of Commerce issued notice 85FR81060 in the Federal Register advising the full list of Steel and Aluminum tariffs eligible for exemption effective 12/29/20. The expiration date of this notice has not been advised. Each HTS has a General Approved Exclusion assigned to it that identifies its eligibility.

December 23, 2020 - Importers Face Increased Duties as 2021 Quickly Approaches; GSP and S301 Exclusions Set to Expire on December 31, 2020

The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), a program designed to provide reduced or duty-free importation of certain products from countries considered Beneficiary Developing Countries, will expire on December 31, 2020, after being reinstated in 2018. The program has been in existence since the 1970s and has given countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, the Philippines and Ukraine an opportunity to sell their products to U.S. importers with a reduced duty or duty-free status. Importers should have their brokers continue to flag those eligible lines with the appropriate SPI indicator (A, A+ or A*) in hopes that the GSP will be reinstated in 2021 and retroactive to January 1, 2021.

Another trade program near its expiration is the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018 (MTB), which began in September 2018 and will provide temporary trade relief until the end of the month. The MTB aims to temporarily suspend or reduce tariffs on certain products where the importer has proven that the duty suspension is noncontroversial, revenue-neutral and administrable by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Lastly, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the extension of 79 China Section 301 List 1, 2, 3 and 4A product exclusions and the approval of 19 new List 1, 2, 3 and 4A product exclusions. These extended or new product exclusions include medical-care products including disposable gloves, cold packs, face shields, soap or sanitizer hand pumps, hand-cleaning dispensers and more. Please note that the extended Section 301 product exclusions will expire on March 31, 2021.

The 19 new product exclusions will be effective from January 1, 2021, until March 31, 2021, and are not retroactive. The product exclusions are available for any importer for any product that falls within the specific product descriptions and enumerated ten-digit HTSUS classifications. Further, 461 of the 534 active China Section 301 product exclusions are set to expire on December 31, 2020, and the current line duty plus 7.5 to 25 percent S301 duties will be assessed if a product has its origin in China.

December 21, 2020 – Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Program Expires

The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) special program indicators (SPI) A, A+ and A* will expire on December 31, 2020, if no Congressional legislation is passed on renewing the program. Until further notice, GSP eligible goods entered or withdrawn from warehousing need to pay “General” (column 1) duty rates effective January 1, 2021, 12:00 AM.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encourages importers to continue to flag GSP eligible importations with SPI “A” during the lapse, beginning January 1, 2021. Importers may not file SPI “A” without paying duties. CBP has programming in place that will allow CBP to automate the duty refund process if GSP is renewed with a retroactive refund clause.

CBP will continue to allow post-importation GSP claims made via post summary correction (PSC) and protest (19 USC 1514, 19 CFR 174) subsequent to the expiration of GSP for importations made while GSP was still in effect. CBP will not allow post-importation GSP claims made via PSC or protest subsequent to the expiration of GSP for importations made subsequent to expiration.

November 10, 2020 - European Union (E.U.) Announces Retaliatory Duties

The European Union (E.U.) has announced retaliatory duties of 15 percent and 25 percent on certain U.S. products resulting from the litigation of the Boeing World Trade Organization (WTO). As a result of this action, U.S. origin aircraft are subject to an additional 15 percent duty; however, aircraft parts are not subject to additional duties.

Additionally, certain U.S. origin items are now subject to an additional 25 percent duty, including motorcycle and bicycle parts, billiard and arcade games, video game consoles, tractors, seafood, cheese, sweet potatoes, nuts, fruits, vanilla, vegetable fats, molasses, chocolate, preserves, fruit juices, coffee, tea or mate extracts, prepared sauces, soups, vermouth, spirits, unmanufactured tobacco, essential oils, albumins, trunks and suitcases, polymers of vinyl chloride, peptones and cotton. The U.S. has imposed similar duties on EU-origin items in response to a dispute on the E.U.’s treatment of Airbus.

October 16, 2020 - Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) Extension Granted Through 2030

Bill H.R.991, the “Extension of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act,” was signed on October 10, 2020, extending “preferential duty treatment for certain apparel items produced in the Caribbean Basin” through September 30, 2030. Additionally, bill H.R.991 allows for the refund of duties paid by the importer on CBTPA-eligible goods entered during the lapse period, which took place from October 1-14, 2020. Importers can file a Post Summary Correction (PSC) requesting a refund of duties paid on goods eligible for CBTPA during the lapse period.

September 16, 2020 - USTR Drops Canada Aluminum Tariffs

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is dropping the Canadian aluminum import tariff retroactively to September 1, 2020, based on current importing tonnage, which is forecasted to “normalize” during the last four months of 2020. The ten percent (10%) tariff was reinstated in August 2020 on imports of Canadian non-alloyed unwrought aluminum.

The USTR will review the importing tonnage within six weeks of the end of any month throughout the four-month period (September, October, November and December 2020). If the actual shipments exceed 105 percent of the expected volume, the ten percent (10%) tariff will be retroactively applied on all shipments made in that month.

September 15, 2020 - Court of International Trade (CIT) Case Filed Regarding China S301 List 3 and List 4A Duties

A lawsuit filed in the Court of International Trade (CIT) has the potential of relieving importers of the S301 duty burden retroactively. The lawsuit claims that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) overstepped its authority to impose additional tariffs on goods imported from China without following proper procedures.

Further, the suit states that the tariffs were implemented as retaliation against Chinese tariff measures and not as a way to correct unfair trade practices, as outlined in the Trade Promotion Act of 1974. Should the case be decided in favor of the plaintiffs, there is a possibility that List 3 and List 4A S301 duties paid over the last two years could be refunded at the time the case is resolved.

September 3, 2020 - USTR Announces 87 New Section 301 List 4A Product Exclusions

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) extended the exclusions for 87 HTS for products found on List 4A through December 31, 2020. The remaining 128 HTS, initially excluded earlier this year, have expired as of September 1, 2020. The tariff will be subject to normal duty rates plus 7.5 percent S301 duty for all entries filed on September 1, 2020, and beyond.

August 24, 2020 - USTR Announces Two New Section 301 List 3 Product Exclusions

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced two Section 301 List 3 Product Exclusions, retroactive to September 24, 2018, and effective through August 7, 2020. Imports that meet these exclusions’ criteria are eligible for duty refunds through a Post Summary Correction or Protest.

Additionally, effective September 25, 2020, all labeling indicating “made in Hong Kong” must be replaced with “made in China” labeling within the next 60 days.

July 1, 2020 - USMCA Goes Into Effect

The United States administration signed the USMCA Implementation Act into law after negotiating with Canada and Mexico since 2017. The USMCA will not change 80 percent of the current NAFTA tariff structure on most manufacturing and agricultural goods. The majority of the change provisions are in the Automotive sector.

Key Things to Know

The majority of the change provisions are in the Automotive sector.
Customs has advised that it is creating a USMCA template that provides the shell that can be used, and it will be made available on the USMCA website. A form is not required – just the data that validates the claim at the time of entry.
The required data can be provided electronically on the Certificate of Origin or the Commercial Invoice.
The minimum data elements include the Certificate of Origin, Certifier, Exporter, Producer, Importer, Description and HS Tariff Classification, Origin Criteria, Blanket Period and the Authorized Signature and Date.

July 1, 2020 - S301 List 1 Exclusions Delayed and List 3 Exclusions Announced

Exclusions granted from List 1 (July 6, 2018) have been extended to October 1, 2020. A Federal Register notice on February 20, 2020, announced that 47 List 3 items were granted exclusions to the S301 duties ranging from flooring to desk accessories of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), cotton fabrics, digital scales and other various articles from Chapters 84 and 85. The latest exclusion also amended three previously excluded items, including product exclusion for dog and cat leashes, which is now limited to only dogs.

February 14, 2020 - Tariffs on Section 301 List 4A Lowered

Beginning at 12:01 AM on February 14, 2020 the United States Trade Representative (USTR) reduced the additional tariff on Section 301 List 4A goods from 15 percent to 7.5 percent.
This announcement comes in the wake of the signing of the Phase One Trade Agreement between the U.S. and China which occurred on January 15, 2020. Entries filed before 12:01 AM on February 14, 2020, will be subject to the 15 percent rate. Clients may choose to delay filing Customs entries of merchandise subject to Section 4A duties until the reduction of the duty rate goes into effect.

January 15, 2020 - Phase One Trade Agreement Signed with China and List 4 Tariff Reduced

In a historic moment, a Phase One Trade Agreement was signed between China and the United States on January 15, 2020. The United States stated that the 94-page document is just the beginning of a broader agreement that will likely be signed in multiple sections, which will address various sticking points – including Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, Currency and Agriculture.

A formal notice was then released in the Federal Register, reducing List 4 goods from 15 percent to 7.5 percent. The 25 percent tariffs currently being collected on Lists 1, 2 and 3 Imported Chinese goods will remain at this time, and China does not plan to lift its retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods in the near future as preparation begins for Phase Two of the Agreement. Additionally, China has agreed to purchase $200 billion of U.S. products, an increase over the $185 billion in total goods and services China imported in 2017 before the trade war began. Agricultural items, such as soybeans, pork, cotton and wheat exports to China, are slated to increase in 2020, as well as energy, services and manufacturing.

January 16, 2020 - USMCA Passed by Senate

On January 16, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) after an 89-10 vote. This agreement will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which came into effect on January 1, 1994, eliminating virtually all duties and tariffs between the three countries.

December 13, 2019 - USTR Announces "Phase One" Agreement Between China and the U.S.

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced a "Phase One' agreement between China and the United States. The two countries drafted an 86-page document outlining agreements including:

The U.S. Makes the Following Concessions:

U.S. agrees to NOT impose S301 List 4B 15 percent provisional duties on December 15, 2019
U.S. agrees to reduce S301 List 4A provisional duties from 15 percent to 7.5 percent 30 days after the agreement is signed
Phase One agreement anticipated to be signed in early January 2020

China Makes the Following Agreements in Exchange:

Purchase more U.S. agricultural commodities
Temporarily suspend additional tariffs of 5 percent and 10 percent on over 3,000 categories of exports from the U.S. scheduled for December 15, 2019
Not add 25 percent tariffs back to vehicles and parts of the U.S.
Agreed to certain structural changes involving intellectual property rights, coerced tech transfer, currency manipulation, etc.

The timetable for a discussion on phase two has not been announced. Section 301 Lists 1, 2 and 3 will remain at 25 percent on $250 billion in Chinese exports to the U.S. and 2020 will begin with continued uncertainty.

Clients are encouraged to consider the timing of their imports of products on List 4A to take advantage of the reduced provisional duties that have been proposed. However, until the agreement is signed, there is nothing concrete and provisional tariffs could remain at 15 percent into the first and second quarters of 2020.

December 12, 2019 - List 3 Product Exclusions Announced

Additional product exclusions were announced on November 27, 2019 and December 12, 2019, covering additional List 3 product exclusions retroactive to the implementation date of September 24, 2018. Exclusions are not issued as company-specific. However, Harmonized Tariff numbers associated with the exclusion are not all-inclusive and importers must validate that the exclusion criteria meets their product specifications before filing a Post Summary Correction or protest to request a duty fund.

December 2, 2019 - Section 301 Tariffs Announced on French Goods

The USTR announced proposed provisional tariffs of 100 percent duties against various French products valued at $2.4 billion, ranging from butter, cheese and wine to skincare, handbags and kitchenware. This Proposal is in response to a French digital services tax that would be collected against digital service companies providing services in France.

This tax has been reported as unfairly discriminating against big U.S. tech companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon. The three percent tax was signed into law on July 24, 2019 by the French President, but is retroactive to January 1, 2019. Members of the trade are welcomed to comment through January 6, 2020 with a public hearing taking place on January 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

December 2, 2019 - Section 301 Tariffs Extended to Brazil and Argentina

Brazil and Argentina had previously benefited from having lower S232 steel and aluminum rates than most of the other countries in the world. However, on December 2, 2019, the U.S. administration effectively increased the S232 duties to the world rate of 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum. This is due to the fact that these two countries are accused of “massive devaluation of their currencies,” effectively harming the U.S. farmer. That said, no formalized notice from the Federal Register has been published and no Presidential proclamation or Commerce Department action has been issued for the legal implementation of the announcement.

October 31, 2019 - USTR Announces It Will Begin Accepting List 4 Tariff Exclusion Requests

The USTR (United States Trade Representative) announced on October 31, 2019 that it will begin to accept tariff exclusion requests for Chinese imports that are subject to an additional 15 percent tariff (List 4), which went into effect on September 1, 2019.

Exclusion requests will be received via the USTR exclusion request processing portal. Details regarding the application process will be published in the Federal Register next week.

Additional exclusions for Chinese imports subject to an additional 25 percent tariff (List 3) will be issued the week of October 27, 2019 in response to approximately 150 exclusion requests.

The Criteria for Requesting an Exclusion Includes:

Whether the product is available only from China and is available from sources in the U.S. and or another country. (An explanation must be provided if the product is not available outside of China or if the requester is unsure whether the product is available elsewhere.)
Explanation that the requester has attempted to source the product from the U.S. or a country other than China.
Explanation that the additional duties impose severe economic hardship to the requester or other U.S. interests.
Explanation that the product being requested exclusion is part of the “made in China 2025” or other Chinese industrial programs.

October 18, 2019 - $7.5B in Tariffs Enacted on Specialty Foods from the EU

U.S. tariffs totaling to $7.5 billion were enacted on the European Union on October 18, 2019. Producers of specialty food products such as Italian Parmesan, French wine and Spanish olives have been put on the bargaining table as recompense for the illegal EU Airbus subsidies reported earlier this month.

The tariffs appear to have been chosen selectively to hit premium items that U.S. consumers could continue to afford even at higher prices – not on any economic sectors that would lead to unfair subsidies to the Airbus industry.

October 14, 2019 - Trade Negotiations with Turkey Halted and Steel Tariffs Raised to 50 Percent

The U.S. administration has halted trade negotiations and doubled Turkish steel tariffs in response to Turkey’s advance into Syria on Monday, October 14. The proposed $100 billion trade deal with the country is on hold due to the advance.

Before tariffs were doubled in 2018 under the S232 tariff remedy, Turkey was the sixth-largest foreign supplier of steel to the United States. Imports of steel dropped 76 percent after the 2018 S232 tariff implementation, which strongly affected the strength of the Turkish lira and affected the world trading markets.

Turkey saw brief relief in early 2019, when the S232 tariff was reduced back to the world rate of 25 percent. However, the USTR declared that the country was no longer eligible for the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program and all products exported from Turkey to the U.S. were now subject to the normal Column 1 duty rate, instead of a free or reduced rate under the GSP program.

October 11, 2019 - Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Portal Opened

The current Miscellaneous Trade Bill (MTB) (H.R. 4318) is in place through December 31, 2020. However, the USITC opened the new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Portal on Friday, October 11, 2019 to allow U.S. manufacturers and importers an opportunity to include products on the list for consideration over the next year.

If the MTB petition passes Congress in 2020 and is signed into law by the President, it will become effective January 1, 2021 and expire on December 31, 2024.

The deadline for submission of petitions is December 10, 2019. The site includes information to help with certain petition filings, guides, reports and a contact section.

The Petitioner Must Include:

CBP rulings on the product
CBP documentation that supports the HTS of the article

The Following Information Must Be Included on the Petition:

Value and Duty estimates for the next five calendar years
Estimated petitioner’s share of total imports of that particular article
Names of any domestic producers
Certification of completeness and correctness
Petitioner’s acknowledgment of USITC’s ability to audit and verify

October 2, 2019 - WTO Grants U.S. Permission to Impose $7.5B of Tariffs on EU Goods

The United States was granted permission by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to impose up to $7.5 billion of annual tariffs on EU goods. This action provides the U.S. administration with the ability to tax wine, airplanes and other goods exported from Europe to the United States.

In May 2018, the WTO ruled that Europe had illegally subsidized several of Airbus’ models, which may have put a strain on Airbus’ American competitor, Boeing. The WTO announced this week that the value of the damages, totaling up to $7.5 billion, could be recouped through tariffs imposed by the United States. These tariffs can take effect no earlier than mid-October, as a WTO panel needs to sign off on the tariffs first.

While the United States Trade Representative has prepared lists of products that may be taxed, totaling up to $25 billion, the European Union has already drawn up its list of $20 billion in American goods it could tax in response.

August 30, 2019 - Modification to S301: 10 Percent to 15 Percent

The highly anticipated Federal Register notice was published today, confirming that “List 4A” of the S301 will go into effect on September 1, 2019 at the rate of 15 percent for the products of China covered by the $300 billion tariff action. On August 20, 2019, 84FR43304 was published, stating that Annex A would be 15 percent effective September 1, 2019 and Annex C would be 15 percent effective December 15, 2019.

The USTR (United States Trade Representative) initiated an investigation on August 18, 2017 into the practices of the Government of China related to technology, intellectual property rights and innovation. Eight months later, the USTR determined that the policies and practices of China were discriminatory against the U.S. Commerce, actionable under Section 301(b) of the Trade Act of 1974. In June of 2018, the first Tranche was imposed, covering approximately 818 tariffs and a trade value of $34 billion. In August of 2018, the second Tranche was announced, covering 279 tariff subheadings and a value of $16 billion. In September 2018, the third Tranche was announced, covering over 5,700 tariff subheadings and an approximate annual trade value of $200 billion.

Over the past 20 months, leaders of the United States and China have met on numerous occasions attempting to reach a resolution on these violations. The discussions have not produced a constructive outcome thus far, with China imposing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. merchandise entering their country. Because of these stalled meetings and retaliatory acts, the USTR has modified the original action by increasing the rate of additional duty for Tranche 4A from 10 percent to 15 percent, effective September 1, 2019. Tranche 4B will be effective on December 15, 2019 at the rate of 15 percent.

In addition to this announcement, a pre-notice was published today, with official Federal Register publication date set for September 3, 2019, stating that due to the ongoing challenges being addressed between the governments of the United States and China, Tranche 1, 2 and 3 will be increasing from 25 percent to 30 percent, effective October 1, 2019. There will be a request for Public Comments through September 20, 2019. The comments must be written in English and submitted electronically via To submit comments via, enter docket number USTR-2019-0015 on the home page and click “search.” The site will provide a page of search results listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice and click on the link titled “Comment Now!”

August 23, 2019 - Section 301 Tariffs: Increases Announced for List 3 and List 4

On Friday, August 23, 2019, the USTR (United States Trade Representative) advised that Section 301 List 3 tariffs will be increasing from 25 percent to 30 percent effective October 1, 2019, following a notice and comment period. List 3 is comprised of approximately $250 billion worth of Chinese imports and was first implemented on September 24, 2018 at 10 percent. On May 10, 2019, the List 3 duty rate increased to 25 percent.

In addition to the five percent increase in List 3, List 4A, set to go into effect on September 1, 2019, is also being increased by five percent, from the originally announced 10 percent provisional tariff to 15 percent. List 4A comprises approximately $300 billion worth of Chinese imports.

TheFollowing Provisional Tariffs are In Effect for Imports Into the U.S.:

S232 Steel Tariff: 25 percent from all countries except Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina (Quota), Brazil (Quota) and Korea (Quota), effective March 23, 2018
S232 Aluminum Tariff: 10 percent from all countries except Canada, Mexico, Australia and Argentina (Quota), effective March 23, 2018
S301 List 1: 25 percent from China, effective July 6, 2018
S301 List 2: 25 percent from China, effective August 23, 2018
S301 List 3: 25 percent from China, effective September 24, 2018 (increasing to 30 percent on October 1, 2019)
S301 List 4A: 15 percent from China, effective September 1, 2019 (increasing from reported 10 percent to 15 percent)
S301 List 4B: 10 percent from China, effective December 14, 2019

August 5, 2019 - 301 List 3 Exclusions

On August 5, 2019 the USTR (United States Trade Representative) announced that product exclusions have been approved for S301 List 3 duties. The product exclusions are broken into ten new product-specific descriptions such as certain plastic containers, pet cages, shopping carts and inflatable kayaks and boats.

The S301 List 3 product exclusions are available for any importer and any product that fits the product description and HTSUS (Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States) classification, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request.

All S301 List 3 product exclusions are retroactive to September 24, 2018. The exclusion process began on June 30, 2019 and requests may be filed through September 30, 2019.

A new tariff number “9903.88.13” will be used to pair with the exclusions.

The Following Provisional Tariffs are In Effect for Imports Into the U.S.:

S232 Steel Tariff: 25 percent from all countries except Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina (Quota), Brazil (Quota) and Korea (Quota), effective March 23, 2018
S232 Aluminum Tariff: 10 percent from all countries except Canada, Mexico, Australia and Argentina (Quota), effective March 23, 2018
S301 List 1: 25 percent from China, effective July 6, 2018
S301 List 2: 25 percent from China, effective August 23, 2018
S301 List 3: 25 percent from China, effective September 24, 2018 (increasing to 30 percent on October 1, 2019)
S301 List 4A: 15 percent from China, effective September 1, 2019 (increasing from reported 10 percent to 15 percent)
S301 List 4B: 10 percent from China, effective December 14, 2019

June 24, 2019 - S301 List 3 Tariff Exclusion Requests

According to a notice issued by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, requests for S301 List 3 exclusions may be submitted between June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2019 through the USTR website, which will be available on June 30. Once a requester is registered, they may complete one or multiple exclusion requests. The notice provides a replica of the form and what information must be provided.

Once an exclusion is granted, it will be effective retroactively, dating back to September 24, 2018, and will remain in effect for one year after the date of publication of the exclusion determination in the Federal Register.

The S301 Exclusion Process website will eventually be updated to reflect the latest information.

June 12, 2019 - Mexico Tariffs Suspended "Indefinitely"

The proposed additional five percent tariffs on goods from Mexico that were set to go into effect on June 10, 2019 have been “indefinitely suspended” due to a deal between the U.S. and Mexico, which occurred on Friday, June 7, 2019. According to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. and Mexico will commit to strengthening bilateral cooperation and implementing Migrant Protection Protocols.

Discussions between both parties will continue and, if additional terms are necessary, are to be completed and announced within 90 days.

The U.S. and Mexico have reiterated their December 18, 2018 statement that “both countries recognize the strong links between promoting development and economic growth in southern Mexico and the success of promoting prosperity, good governance and security in Central America.”

June 4, 2019 - India Removed from GSP

The current administration has determined that India has not met some of the basic agreements of the GSP program and, as such, they will be terminated from the GSP designation effective June 5, 2019. Any import cargo from India entered into the commerce of the United States as of June 5, 2019 must be entered as Non-Special Program Indicator (SPI) cargo, subject to the normal duty rates assigned to that particular tariff.

India will be removed from GSP on June 5, 2019 and the exemption from safeguard measures on CSPV products and large residential washers.

Any merchandise from India is subject to the safeguard measures implemented by Proclamation 9693 and Proclamation 9694 that is admitted into a United States Foreign Trade Zone on or after 12:01am EST on June 5, 2019 must be admitted as “privileged foreign status,” as defined in 19 CFR 146.41, and will be subject upon entry for consumption to the safeguard measures implemented by Proclamation 9693 and Proclamation 9694.

May 17, 2019 - Turkey Removed from GSP

The Republic of Turkey’s designation as a beneficiary developing country has been terminated. Exports from Turkey will no longer be eligible for the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). Tariffs on Turkish steel are expected to be reduced from the current rate of 50 percent to 25 percent.

May 8, 2019 - S301 List 3 Tariff Increases

According to a Federal Register Public Inspection Document, the U.S. will proceed with increasing List 3 of the S301 tariffs to 25 percent, effective Friday, May 10, 2019. Per the Annex in the Federal Register notice, goods that are entered for consumption after 12:01 pm on May 10, 2019 AND exported from China to the United States on or after May 10, 2019 will be subject to the 25 percent rate. Additionally, cargo exported from China prior to May 10, 2019 but cleared on or after May 10, 2019 will be subject to the original 10 percent rate.

May 5, 2019 - S301 List 3 Tariffs Could Increase

On Sunday, May 5, the Administration announced that List 3 of the S301 tariffs, which are currently at 10 percent on $200 billion of Chinese imports, will be increasing to 25 percent effective Friday, May 10, 2019. Trade talks continue with China but are not progressing as hoped.

List 1 and List 2 were implemented at 25 percent and some exclusions have been granted on those two lists. However, no exclusion mechanism has been granted thus far on the List 3 tariffs while at 10 percent. With List 3 moving to 25 percent it is expected that a tariff exclusion option will be provided by the United States Trade Representatives.

April 2, 2019 - S301 List 3 Tariff Increase Postponed "Until Further Notice"

The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice, officially “postponing” the tariff rate increase “until further notice.” S301 List 3 tariffs will remain at 10 percent instead of increasing to 25 percent. The delayed increase is due to progress in US and China trade negotiations.

February 25, 2019 - U.S. Plans to Delay S301 List 3 Tariffs

The US Administration announced that it would postpone increasing S301 List 3 tariffs. The United States and Chinese President Xi Jinping plan to meet to reach a final trade agreement. Due to this postponement, the Harmonized Tariff System must be updated this week to properly reflect the 10 percent continued tariff for List 3 items.

ABI software providers must wait for the official announcement from Customs before they can update the software used by brokers to submit entries to customs.

Any entries processed with a March 1, 2019 entry date or IT date will show List 3 items subject to the 25 percent until the system is updated. Customs brokers may postpone submitting entries to customs until this update is made. Please work with your brokers on any concerns or expedited entries you may have.

February 19, 2019 - Congress Requests Product-Specific Exclusion Process from USTR

Congress has requested that the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) create the formal exclusion process for products outlined under the S301 List 3 tariffs. These tariffs for $200 billion worth of imports from China are scheduled to increase from 10 percent to 25 percent on March 2, 2019.

Congress calls for the USTR to create a process that includes the same exclusionary process as S301 Lists 1 and 2. According to an official statement from the US government, USTR will be required to report the process to Congress by March 17, 2019.

February 12, 2019 - Possible Delay in Proposed S301 Tariffs Announced

The Administration announced that it could possibly extend the deadline for proposed S301 tariffs under HTS 9903.88.03 if the United States and China are close to reaching a trade agreement. Since the US and China still need to reach a deal, proposed S301 List 3 Tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports are slated to increase from 10 percent to 25 percent on March 1, 2019.

December 19, 2018 - USTR Issues Federal Register Notice to Delay Collection of S301 List 3 Tariffs

United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a Federal Register notice today to delay collection of 25 percent S301 duty rate on List 3 goods until March 2, 2019. The current 10 percent rate will continue to apply to those List 3 goods through March 1, 2019 unless an additional announcement is made by the Administration. Starting on March 2, 2019, the duty rate will increase to 25 percent.

October 13, 2018 - Miscellaneous Tariff Bill is Implemented

1660 items began to receive the benefit of reduced or eliminated duty through the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) and will receive that benefit through December 31, 2020. Approximately 25 percent of those items are subject to the S301 remedy tariffs of 10 percent (25 percent if they originate in China). If there is a List 4 for S301 tariffs in the future, at least 1000 more of the items could be subject to the potential List 4 S301 remedy tariffs if imported from China.

The criteria for consideration in the MTB stated that the duty suspension must be noncontroversial (no domestic producer or Member objections); revenue-neutral (duty relief would not amount to any more than $500,000 per product per calendar year) and that the duty suspension could be administered by US Customs and Border Protection.

May 10, 2018 - S301 Tariffs to Increase 25 Percent

According to a Federal Register Public Inspection Document, the U.S. will proceed with increasing List 3 of the S301 tariffs to 25%, effective Friday, May 10, 2019.

Per the Annex in the Federal Register notice, goods that are entered for consumption after 12:01 pm on May 10, 2019 AND exported from China to the United States on or after May 10, 2019 will be subject to the 25% rate.

Additionally, cargo exported from China prior to May 10, 2019 but cleared on or after May 10, 2019 will be subject to the original 10% rate.

Additional guidance will be forthcoming from USTR and/or CBP. The USTR is also expected to establish a process to seek exclusions for certain products from additional tariffs.

May 1, 2018 - 30 Day Extension Granted for S232 Tariffs on Aluminum Imports

Previously, on March 23, 2018, a S232 tariff was enacted, adding 25 percent to steel and 10 percent to aluminum imports with a temporary exemption granted to imports from Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, European Union and South Korea.

That exemption was originally scheduled to expire on May 1, 2018; however, a 30 day extension has been granted for these countries. South Korea will receive a continuing extension since imports of steel are now subject to an absolute quote.

March 23, 2018 - H.R. 1625 is Signed Imposing S232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports

Due to the signing of H.R. 1625 by the President, tariffs will now be imposed on steel and aluminum products that are imported into the United States. Previously, on March 1, 2018, The Administration announced intentions to tariffs on aluminum and steel products being imported into the United States.

According to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), “”aluminum articles” are defined as unwrought aluminum (HTS 7601); aluminum bars, rods and profiles (HTS 7604); aluminum wire (HTS 7605); aluminum plate, sheet, strip and foil (flat rolled products) (HTS 7606 and 7607); aluminum tubes and pipes, and tube and pipe fitting (HTS 7608 and 7609); and aluminum castings and forgings (HTS 7616.99.51.60 and 7616.99.51.70), including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.”

Also, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) defines “steel articles,” in the HTS six-digit level as: 7206.10 through 7216.50; 7216.99 through 7301.10; 7302.10; 7302.40 through 7302.90; and 7304.10 through 7306.90, including any subsequent revisions to these HTS classifications.

Canada, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, South Korea, Brazil, and member countries of the European Union will be exempt from these tariffs until April 30, 2018. After that, these countries will be held to the same tariffs as non-exempt countries effective May 1, 2018.

Exclusion requests are available to the public via the BIS web portal. The Exclusion requests can be submitted by anyone. There is no deadline to submit requests. The request must be submitted in electronic format; no paper copies will be accepted. BIS has 90 days to decide on the exclusion request.

All exclusion requests are subject to public disclosure and objectors to the exclusion will have 30 days from open comment period date to submit their objections. Notification of granted exclusions will be posted on

March 23, 2018 - H.R. 1625 is Signed Extending GSP Retroactively

With the President signing into law H.R. 1625 on March 23, 2018, GSP has now been extended retroactively from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020. The effective date of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018” is April 22, 2018, when programming will be updated to reflect the GSP duty status of approximately 5000 tariff items.

Importers and their brokers should continue to claim GSP on all appropriate lines with the SPI “A”. The normal column 1 duty will calculate and must be paid until April 22, at which time the duty free status will be reinstated and Customs will begin to process refunds of GSP duty paid during the lapse period.

Importers can submit a duty refund request for entry summaries submitted during the GSP lapse period on which the SPI “A” was not transmitted. These requests may be submitted as letters, Post Summary Corrections or Protests. Should a formal request be necessary, please provide the following information:

Entry number Line number HTSUS number Estimated total refund Signed statement that the goods are eligible for GSP Point of contact name, phone number and email address

All claims must be received by CBP prior to September 19, 2018.

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