The deadline to request exclusions from President Trump’s 25% punitive tariffs on U.S. travel goods imports from China is September 30 (details, web portal).
TGA held a September 5 members-only webinar
(letter to USTR, webinar recording) detailing the exclusion process and how to file an exclusion petition. 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. TGA strongly encourages interested companies to file their own petitions or file responses in support of the hundreds of travel goods petitions already filed. Note that petitions must show that the punitive tariffs have caused the petitioner 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.
As of September 24, a total of 17,534 exclusion petitions were filed for Tranche 3, of which 59 companies filed a combined 419 petitions requesting exclusions for certain travel goods. More than 100 travel goods petitions have been filed in the last week alone. 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 94 petitions, including 12 travel goods petitions. Again, the deadline to file petitions is September 30.