Tariff Actions and Exclusions Resource Page

Tariff Actions and Exclusions Resource Page

This page features information, resource documents and deadlines on the various U.S. tariff actions.

The tariff actions include the Section 301 investigations of China and France, the tariffs on the European Union, and the threatened tariffs on Mexico. It also includes information on the Section 232 investigations of steel and aluminum, automobiles and auto parts, and uranium.

A Section 301 investigation determined that China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are unreasonable and discriminatory.

Final List 1 – $34 Billion – 25% Tariff

  1. Exclusions Granted December 28, 2018
  2. Exclusions Granted March 25, 2019
  3. Exclusions Granted April 18, 2019
  4. Exclusions Granted May 14, 2019
  5. Exclusions Granted June 4, 2020
  6. Exclusions Granted July 9, 2020
  7. Exclusions Granted September 20, 2020
  8. Exclusions Granted October 2, 2020
  9. Exclusions Granted December 17, 2020 and Amendments to Exclusions Granted July 9, 2019 and September 20, 2019
  10. Exclusions Granted February 11, 2020
  11. Amendments to Exclusions May 8, 2020
  12. Product Exclusion Extension to Expire December 31, 2020

 

Final List 2 – $16 Billion – 25% Tariff

  1. Exclusions Granted July 31, 2019
  2. Exclusions Granted September 20, 2019
  3. Exclusions Granted October 2, 2019
  4. Amendments to Exclusions Granted September 20, 2019
  5. Exclusions Granted February 25, 2020
  6. Amendments to Exclusions May 8, 2020

 

Final List 3 – $200 Billion – 25% Tariff

  1. Exclusions Granted August 7, 2019
  2. Exclusions Granted September 20, 2019
  3. Exclusions Granted October 28, 2019
  4. Exclusions Granted November 13, 2019
  5. Exclusions Granted November 29, 2019
  6. Exclusions Granted December 17, 2019
  7. Exclusions Granted January 6, 2020
  8. Exclusions Granted February 5, 2020
  9. Exclusions Granted February 20, 2020
  10. Exclusions Granted March 16, 2020
  11. Exclusions Granted March 26, 2020
  12. Exclusions Granted April 24, 2020
  13. Exclusions Granted May 4, 2020
  14. Exclusion and Amendments Granted June 24, 2020

 

Final List 4A – 7.5% Tariff Effective 2/14/20

  1. Exclusions Granted March 10, 2020
  2. Exclusions Granted March 17, 2020
  3. Exclusions Granted March 31, 2020
  4. Exclusions Granted May 8, 2020
  5. Exclusions Granted May 28, 2020
  6. Exclusions Granted June 8, 2020

 

Final List 4B – 15% Tariff Suspended Until Further Notice

In March 2020, a Federal Register notice was published requesting public comment on possible further modifications to remove duties from medical care products needed to address the COVID-19 outbreak. The USTR is accepting comments until June 25, 2020.

Section 301 Tariff List 4A & 4B

On January 15, 2020, the USTR issued a Federal Register notice reducing the rate of additional tariffs on List 4A products to 7.5% from 15%, effective February 14, 2020. A Federal Register notice states the 15% tariffs on List 4B are suspended until further notice.

The USTR granted exclusions in March and May 2020.

Section 301 Tariff List 3

List 3 products, with an import value of $200 billion, are subject to 25% tariff as of May 10, 2019. The additional tariff on List 3 is not affected by the Phase 1 deal with China and will remain at 25% tariff. The USTR granted 960 HTS exclusions from August 2019 to May 2020.

Public comment to extend exclusions granted prior to March 26, 2020 opened May 1, 2020 and will close June 8, 2020. Public comment for extending exclusions granted after March 26, 2020 will open June 8, 2020 and close July 7, 2020.

Section 301 Tariff List 2

List 2 products, with an import value of $16 billion, are subject to an additional 25% tariff. The additional tariff on List 2 is not affected by the Phase 1 deal with China and will remain at 25% tariff. The USTR granted 269 HTS exclusions.

The first set of List 2 exclusions is set to expire on July 31, 2020. The USTR is accepting public comment from May 1 to June 1 on extending those exclusions for another year.

Section 301 Tariff List 1

List 1 products, with an import value of $34 billion, are subject to an additional 25% tariff. The additional tariff on List 1 will not be affected by the Phase 1 deal with China and will remain at 25%. All exclusion requests for List 1 have been reviewed and 730 HTS exclusions were granted. The first, second, third, fourth and fifth sets of exclusions released for List 1 have been extended.

The sixth set of List 1 exclusions is set to expire on July 9, 2020, the USTR is accepting public comment from May 1 to June 1 on extending those exclusions for another year.

Section 301 Investigation of France

On July 10, 2019 the USTR initiated an investigation regarding the Digital Services Tax (DST) under consideration by France, which proposes a 3 percent tax on revenues generated by some companies from certain digital services. On December 2, 2019, the USTR completed the first part of its investigation and produced a report concluding that France’s Digital Services Tax is discriminatory, unreasonable, and burdensome for affected U.S. companies.

The USTR is proposing additional duties of up to 100 percent on certain French products, as well as, the option of imposing fees or restrictions on French services. A notice was published to the Federal Register soliciting comments on the proposed action. In January 2020, France agreed to suspend the Digital Services Tax until the end of 2020 while the U.S. and France continue negotiations.

Section 232 Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum

Effective June 1, 2018, additional tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum imports were imposed from almost all countries. As of May 10, 2019, steel and aluminum products from Canada and Mexico are not subject to the additional tariffs.

On January 24, 2020, a Presidential Proclamation stated that the tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum will also apply to the derivatives of aluminum articles and steel articles. The additional tariffs will be effective February 8, 2020. It will apply to aluminum derivatives from all countries except Argentina, Australia, Canada, and Mexico. It will apply to steel derivatives from all countries except Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Korea.

Section 232 Investigation of Automobiles and Auto Parts

On May 23, 2018, The Department of Commerce initiated an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine if imports of automobiles and auto parts are harming U.S. national security. There are currently no tariffs on automobiles or auto parts and no plans to implement them.

On May 17, 2020, President Trump announced that he would delay a decision for 180. The administration missed the deadline. According to a May 17, 2019, proclamation, the DOC determined that American-owned producers’ share of the domestic automobile market has sharply declined, which decreases the sales revenues that enable the research and development. The report found that automotive research and development (R&D) is critical to national security. The United States defense industrial base depends on the American-owned automotive sector for the development of technologies that are essential to maintaining our military and technological superiority.





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