Importers who have been attempting to get their products removed from one of three lists of HTS numbers carrying an additional 25% in duty from China are no strangers to the process of requesting exclusions. However, effective June 30th, the Office of the United States Trade Representative has announced a changed policy for the group of products which were on the third list and were increased from 10% to 25% earlier this year.
The full details of the announcement were published in the June 24th edition of the Federal Register.
Beginning on June 30th at http://exclusion.ustr.gov, companies will use an online portal to submit an exclusion request for consideration by the agency. The window for submission is only open between June 30th and September 30th.
Remember, an exclusion request is a public request and for fourteen days after posting, responses as to why the product should not be excluded can be submitted by interested parties. The original submitter of the exclusion will then have seven days to file a response.
Companies wishing to file an exclusion will need to register with the portal when it opens. The data elements that will be required for the exclusion request can be found in .pdf format here with thanks to Susan Kohn Ross of MSK.
If you or your company are interested in requesting an exclusion and would like for Edward J. Zarach & Associates to assemble and submit the request on your behalf, please contact your account representative who will work with you on this process.