U.S. Government Announces More China Tariff Exclusions for Travel Goods
On May 4, the U.S. government announced that it has granted new exclusions from the punitive China tariffs for 3 travel goods items (no luggage) – certain MMF backpacks (see description on page 8, #27; see petition), certain MMF sewing machine covers (see description on page 8, #28; see petition), and certain MMF carrying cases (see description on page 8, #29; see petition). Anyone importing products matching these descriptions no longer pay the punitive 25% tariff (until Aug. 7, 2020). Previous tariffs paid are eligible for refunds, retroactive to Sept. 24, 2018. The U.S. government also denied thousands of petitions over the last week. In fact, USTR has reviewed all but 313 petitions (out of 30,283 petitions submitted) – denying 28,544 petitions to date and only granting 1,426 petitions to date (a 4.7% approval rate). For travel goods, out of 868 petitions filed, USTR has granted only 22 petitions, rejected 865 petitions, with only 3 petitions still pending review (a 2.5% approval rate).