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U.S. Announces Product Exclusion Process for Tariffs Covering $200 Billion in Chinese Imports

June 21, 2019, Covington Alert

Earlier this week, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced a process through which companies can request that their products be excluded from duties imposed on $200 billion in Chinese imports under Section 301 of the Tariff Act of 1974 (Section 301). Tariffs on these imports have been in effect since September 2018, and recently increased from 10 percent to 25 percent. The long-awaited announcement of an exclusion process for these “List 3” tariffs comes while the Administration is considering imposing tariffs on another $300 billion in Chinese imports, in a fourth tranche of tariffs that along with the three prior tranches now collectively cover almost all products imported from China.

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