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Once again, the exclusion list for 81 COVID relief related products has been extended. These exclusions which were scheduled to expire on February 28 will now have an expiration date of May 15, 2023. The products on the list must meet the written description provided by the USTR in order to qualify for the exclusion. The COVID relief exclusions, entered under provisional tariff 9903.88.66, were originally granted in March of 2020 and have been extended on six previous occasions.

The USTR is accepting comments on whether to extend some or all of these exclusions for an additional six months. The comment period opened on February 6 and continues through March 7.  Comments must be submitted through the public docket at the USTR Comments Portal  here.

The longer and more diverse list of exclusions under provisional tariff 9903.88.67 remains in place with a September 30 expiration date. Also, the USTR is still reviewing comments which were submitted earlier on possible changes to other Section 301 tariffs. These comments could result in other actions on the tariffs before the end of the year but the prospect for more exclusions seems very dim.


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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