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The USTR announced that the current COVID related exclusions which were scheduled to expire on November 30 have been granted another extension and now have a February 28, 2023, expiration date. This list of eighty-one Section 301 exclusions for certain China origin goods falls under provisional HTS 9903.88.66.

Currently only two of the Section 301 exclusion lists are active and the list for provisional HTS 9903.88.67 has a December 31, 2022, expiration date. Over the past year there have been a number of proposals for extending current exclusions or reinstating exclusions which had expired at the end of 2021. Both the House and Senate addressed the additional tariffs in trade legislation put forth earlier this year. The process for applying for new exclusions remains inactive though legislation from the Senate included a proposal to reopen the exclusion portal. These bills, which include other trade related initiatives, have not cleared the reconciliation process for the Senate and House versions.

The USTR stated that they based the decision to extend the exclusions on comments submitted by the public, advice from advisory committee, and the White House COVID-19 Response Team. Further extensions for both of these lists are certainly possible.

 

 

Best Regards,

Sam McClure, LCB

Director of Compliance & Customs Services

 

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Meet one of CVI’s Customs Brokerage & Compliance experts, Sam McClure:

Sam serves as Director, Compliance and Customs Services for CVI. He serves as CVI’s corporate compliance officer and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our Customs related services, including growth.

Sam started his career in 1977 with Waters Shipping Company in Charlotte, NC. He began as a document runner, soon becoming a leader in operations and customer service for the branch. Sam, along with Linda Masten, founded Central Carolina Shipping Inc. in 1983 as an independent Customs Brokerage firm where he served as Vice President for 26 years. Sam and Linda grew Central Carolina into a successful and highly respected member of the Carolinas trade community. When Charlotte opened their local chapter of the IFFCBA Sam was part of the organizing group and he headed the Customs committee for several years. Sam obtained his Customs Brokers License in 1984 and remained with Central Carolina until the company was acquired by CVI in 2009.

At CVI, Sam has held several positions in both the operations and sales departments. As an expert in U.S. Customs regulations, Sam is often called upon on to provide guidance to importers on Customs compliance issues. He makes regular presentations on matters related to importation and broader regulatory compliance.

– Sam McClure, LCB, Director of Compliance & Customs Services, CVI
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