New Round of Product Exclusions from Tranche 3 of Section 301 Investigation 


On May 13, U.S. Customs and Border and Protection (CBP) published CSMS # 42693720 which issued guidance to importers, brokers and filers on submitting entries to CBP on the most recent products granted exclusions by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from the Section 301 duty related to goods from China.


Guidance is as follows:


Instructions for importers, brokers and filers on submitting entries to CBP containing products granted exclusions by the USTR from the Section 301 measures as set out in 85 FR 27489 are set out below.


  • In addition to reporting the regular Chapters 07, 11, 12, 21, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52, 68, 69, 70, 73, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87, 90 and 94 classifications of the HTSUS for the imported merchandise, importers shall report the HTSUS classification 9903.88.46 (Articles, the product of China, as provided for in U.S. note 20(yy) to this subchapter, each covered by an exclusion granted by the USTR for imported merchandise subject to the exclusion).
  • Importers shall not submit the corresponding Chapter 99 HTS number for the Section 301 duties when HTS 9903.88.46 is submitted.




Imports which have been granted a product exclusion from the Section 301 measures, and which are not subject to the Section 301 duties, are not covered by the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) provisions of the Section 301 Federal Register notices, but instead are subject to the FTZ provisions in 19 CFR part 146.


Duty exclusions granted by the USTR are retroactive for imports on or after the initial effective date of September 24, 2018. To request a refund of Section 301 duties paid on previous imports of products granted duty exclusions by the USTR, importers may file a Post Summary Correction (PSC) if within the PSC filing timeframe. If the entry is beyond the PSC filing timeframe, importers may protest the liquidation if within the protest filing timeframe. The latest guidance on the process for submitting retroactive claims for product exclusions to CBP is found in CSMS 42566154.


Reminder: When importers, brokers, and/or filers are submitting an entry summary in which a heading or subheading in Chapter 99 is claimed on imported merchandise, refer them to CSMS 39587858 (Entry Summary Order of Reporting for Multiple HTS when 98 or 99 HTS are required).


For ease of reference, a summary of Section 301 duties and product exclusion notifications are attached.

Questions from the importing community concerning ACE entry rejections involving product exclusions should be referred to their CBP Client Representative. Questions related to Section 301 entry-filing requirements, please refer to CSMS message #42203908 (Information on Trade Remedy Questions and Resources)

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