China Tariff Exclusion Portal Now Closed – Still Time to File Responses in Support of Petitions
The portal to request exclusions from President Trump’s 25% punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China closed September 30. However, there is still time to file responses in support of many of the hundreds of travel goods-related exclusion petitions filed. Go to the exclusions web portal to see all of the petitions.
If an exclusion is granted on a certain product, any U.S. import of that product is eligible for refunds of all punitive tariffs paid from September 2018 until August 7, 2020. Note that petitions (and respondents) must show that the punitive tariffs have caused economic harm AND that there is no alternative source for the product outside of China, at least not without immense costs and a lot of time.
In total, companies filed 30,335 petitions requesting exclusions from the punitive tariffs on U.S. imports from China. For travel goods, 146 companies filed a combined 863 petitions requesting exclusions for certain travel goods. More than 400 travel goods petitions were filed in the final week before the deadline. To date, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has granted exclusions for 61 petitions (none in the travel goods space) and denied 378 petitions, including 30 travel goods petitions.