On May 13, 2019, the Customs Tariff Commission of China’s State Council announced that the country will soon launch a product exclusion process related to its Section 301 countermeasures. Amid all the talk of tariffs and retaliation between the United States and China, the Chinese product exclusion process offers a valuable duty avoidance opportunity.

US products subject to China's first three tranches (or installments) of tariffs are eligible for exclusion as long as there is no prior revocation or suspension in place. Thus, products for which China’s countermeasures (i.e., retaliatory tariffs) have been revoked or suspended (e.g., certain automobiles and auto parts) are not eligible.

For US products on China Tranches I and II, the Ministry of Finance will start accepting applications for tariff exclusions on June 3, 2019, with a deadline of July 5, 2019. For US products on China Tranche III, the tariff-exclusion process will start on September 2, 2019, with a deadline of October 18.

Please join Mayer Brown International Trade lawyers Duane Layton and Jing Zhang as they discuss these important developments and strategic considerations for US exporters in preparing applications for exclusion. Topics to be covered include:

  • Who may apply to Chinese authorities for a tariff exclusion?
  • What are the procedural steps for making a decision, and which Chinese government agencies will be involved?
  • What information will be required on the application form?
  • What are the recommended reasons for exclusion?
  • What may be a good strategy for preparing an application for exclusion?

For additional information or to register, please contact Kate Stiles at kstiles@mayerbrown.com or +1 202 263 3446.

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