China Tariffs – Tranche 3 Exclusion Process Now Open, Volume of Travel Goods Petitions Grows, Process Closes September 30
On June 30, the U.S. government opened the portal to request exclusions (details, web portal) from Tranche 3 tariffs, including the 25% tariffs on travel goods. As of August 6, 19 companies have filed a combined 59 petitions requesting exclusions for certain types of travel goods (out of a total 4,141 petitions). Please go to the TGA/AAFA July 2 webinar for details on how the exclusion process works (letter to USTR, webinar recording). There will be a 14-day period, once a petition is live on the portal, during which the public can file a response (in opposition or in support). That means your company can file responses in support. For example, some travel goods petitions were filed on July 31, which means the 14-day response period for those petitions closes August 14. On August 2, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it had granted exclusions for 15 petitions. Regrettably, none were in the travel goods space. The deadline to file petitions is September 30. TGA strongly encourages interested companies to file their own petitions and/or support existing petitions by filing responses.