Please be aware that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has requested emergency approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to start collecting information for an exclusion process related to products on List 3; List 3 was originally impacted by a 10% tariff increase on September 24, 2018 and then increased to 25% on May 10, 2019. Approval for the exclusion process is expected by June 20 and, if approved, the process is expected to begin on June 30.
Requests for exclusions for List 3 goods will require greater detail than requests for List 1 and List 2 goods. Each request will only be able to cover a single product so it is advised that those wishing to file an exclusion begin compiling the necessary information as soon as possible.
Additionally, the USTR published a notice on May 13th requesting comments concerning an additional $300 Billion in imports from China (List 4). The Annex of HTSUS subheadings published in the notice for List 4 basically picks up all of the remaining products the U.S. imports from China that were not included in the previous lists, including most consumer goods.
Please note the following important dates for proposed action related to List 4:
• June 10, 2019- For requests to appear at the hearing, and summary of expected testimony.
• June 17, 2019 – For submission of written comments.
• June 17, 2019 – Hearing convenes before Section 301 Committee at the ITC.