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The USTR has announced that the set of Section 301 exclusions which had been scheduled to expire on Dec 31 will be extended once again. This list covering 352 specific exclusions is now scheduled to expire on September 30, 2023. The announcement follows the extension of the “COVID related” exclusions on which the expiration date was extended from November 30, 2022, to February 28, 2023.

The provisional tariff number for these exclusions is 9903.88.67 and it will remain the same. This is not a wholly unexpected move as there are a number of issues which may affect the additional tariffs, including one lawsuit and a couple of stalled bills in Congress. While these exclusions have been extended there seems to be no appetite in the USTR’s office for expanding exclusions or pulling back some of the Section 301 tariffs.

The USTR has invited interested parties to submit comments on products under the Section 301 tariff exclusions. These comments should be directed to the USTR portal under docket USTR-2022-0014 and are due by midnight on January 17, 2023.

The Federal Register notice on this action can be viewed here. The list of goods covered by provisional HTS 9903.88.67 can be found on the USTR website or at this link.

 

 

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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