The deadline to request exclusions from the China tariffs is SEPTEMBER 30. TGA held a September 5 member-only webinar (letter to USTR, webinar recording) detailing the exclusion process (details, web portal) from the China tariffs. TGA strongly encourages interested companies to file their own petitions and/or support existing petitions by filing responses in SUPPORT of 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 since September 2018 and is excluded from paying punitive tariffs for one year after the exclusion is granted. As of September 10, a total of 13,335 exclusion petitions have been filed for Tranche 3, of which 37 companies filed a combined 137 petitions requesting exclusions for certain travel goods. As of today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has granted exclusions for 15 petitions (none in the travel goods space) and denied 94 petitions, including 12 travel goods petitions. Again, the deadline to file petitions is September 30.
Meanwhile, TGA encourages companies to sign on to a draft fashion and accessories industry letter opposing the October 1 increase in the punitive tariffs from 25% to 30%. As reported previously, on August 23, President Trump tweeted that he will raise the punitive tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China from 25% to 30%, effective October 1. Note, this is in addition to normal tariffs already paid on imported travel goods. The deadline for companies to sign is COB September 19. To sign the letter, or if you have any questions on the exclusion process, please contact TGA’s Nate Herman (email@example.com).