Tariff Exclusion Process Offers First Signs of Relief
The U.S. government’s review of the 30,322 tariff exclusion requests to remove the 25% punitive tariffs on certain U.S. imports from China finally provides a small amount of relief for the industry, with the U.S. government granting the exclusion request for certain leather brief bags (under HTS 4202110030). That means anyone (not just the petitioner) importing the subject bags from China that meet the description in the Federal Register notice (See page 6, #5) will no longer have to pay the punitive 25% tariff on those imports (until August 7, 2020). Further, they are eligible for refunds of the punitive tariffs paid to date, retroactive to September 24, 2018. Of the 863 exclusion petitions filed on travel goods, only 389 of those petitions (45.1%) have been reviewed to date, with all but one petition reviewed to date being denied (see above).