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The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has announced the extension of the Section 301 exclusions, which were scheduled to expire on May 31. There are currently 429 product exclusions, and 164 of these will be extended for one year to May 31, 2025. All of the current exclusions were granted a two-week transition period, and the 265 exclusions that were not extended are now set to expire on June 14, 2024. The decision on the exclusions follows a four-year sunset review on the Section 301 tariffs as a whole and a short comment period on the existing exclusions. Currently, products covered by the exclusions are entered under provisional numbers 9903.88.67 and 9903.88.68, while the exclusions to be extended will be under 9903.88.69, effective June 14.

The notice filed by the USTR, which includes the specific exclusions to be granted an extension, can be viewed here

In May, the White House and the USTR announced proposed modifications to many of the existing Section 301 tariffs, which will take effect over the next two years.  These tariff increases would target imports of China-origin goods from sectors such as semiconductors, batteries, critical minerals, solar cells, ship-to-shore cranes, and medical products. The largest tariff increase will be applied to electric vehicles, which will see their rate increased to 100% in August 2024.  As part of the modifications, the USTR will open an exclusion application process for certain machinery used in domestic manufacturing found in Chapters 84 and 85 of the Harmonized Tariff System (HTSUS). The USTR Notice on the proposed tariffs and exclusion process can be viewed here.

The USTR is requesting comments on the proposed modifications. Interested parties may submit comments on the USTR portal at https://comments.ustr.gov/ using the docket entitled “Request for Comments: Proposed Modifications to the Section 301 Actions and Proposed Exclusion Process”, docket number USTR–2024–0007. The comment period will end on June 28, 2024.

 

Best Regards,

Sam McClure, LCB

Director of Compliance & Customs Services

 

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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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