President Trump announced in March that the United States would impose tariffs on Chinese imports

President Trump announced in March that the United States would impose tariffs on Chinese imports

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has set a 9 October deadline for submitting requests for product exclusions from the additional 25% tariff being imposed as of 6 July on certain goods imported from China into the US.

The tariff, which affects 818 tariff lines, was levied in response to a Section 301 investigation and follows President Trump's announcement in March that the United States would impose tariffs on Chinese imports and take other actions in response to China's policies that "coerce American companies into transferring their technology and intellectual property to Chinese enterprises." 

Now, USTR says it is providing an opportunity for the public to request exclusion of a particular product from the additional duties, stating any exclusions granted will be retroactive to 6 July and extend one year after the exclusion determination is published in the Federal Register.

The public have 90 days (from 7 July) to file a request for a product exclusion with the request period ending on 9 October.

Following public posting of the filed request on Regulations.gov, the public will have 14 days to file responses to the request for product exclusion.  After the close of the 14 day response period, interested persons will have an additional seven days to reply to any responses received in support of or opposition to the request.

In addition, because exclusions will be made on a product basis, a particular exclusion will apply to all imports of the product, regardless of whether the importer filed a request. The US Customs and Border Protection will apply the tariff exclusions based on the product.

Last week, US retailers warned that consumers are one step closer to feeling the full effects of a trade war amid reported threats by President Donald Trump to impose another round of tariffs on China that could exceed US$500bn.

Click on the following link to view Timeline – Trump's track record on trade.