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2019 China Tariff Exemption Plan

2019 China Tariff Exemption Plan

If you wish to participate in SFIA's tariff exclusion petition process please fill out the confidential questionnaire form and submit it via email by MAY 28th to Chandler Hoffman, choffman@sfia.org.

CLICK HERE for questionnaire petition form

CLICK HERE for the HTS Codes Affected by "List 4"

Once your confidential questionnaire petition forms are submitted, you will be invoiced.

SFIA Members cost per each petition/HTS Code : $2,000

SFIA Non-Member cost per each petition/HTS Code : $6,000

Want to become a member? Fill out this application and send it to choffman@sfia.org. CLICK HERE

The deadline to submit confidential questionnaire petition forms is MAY 28th.

CLICK HERE for questionnaire petition form

Please send all completed petition forms to Chandler Hoffman, choffman@sfia.org

Looking for more information? READ THIS!

SFIA will continue fight against tariffs on sports & fitness products; program set-up to file List 4 tariff exemption petitions.   

The USTR has announced that it will seek to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on all imports from China that are not currently subject to additional tariffs as part of the ongoing 301 IP trade dispute with China.  The USTR  has already imposed tariffs of over $250 billion in Chinese imports in three separate proceedings (Lists 1, 2, and 3).  The proposed List 4 covers the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports.  These actions will harm the sports industry and many SFIA members.  To pressure China into settling the 301 IP dispute, the USTR has announce an accelerated time frame within which it will consider whether or not to impose tariffs on goods appearing on List 4. 

June 10, 2019: Due date for filing requests to appear and a summary of expected testimony at the public hearing.

June 17, 2019: Due date for submission of written comments.

June 17, 2019: The Section 301 Committee will convene a public hearing in the main hearing room of the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW Washington DC 20436 that begins at 9:30 a.m.

Seven days after the last day of the public hearing: Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments.

Based on this schedule, the USTR may impose additional tariffs on List 4 products as early as July.  To assist members in mitigating harm caused by these actions, SFIA will coordinate and file comments on behalf of interested members and request that the USTR remove products from additional tariffs according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code of the imported product.  On behalf of members, SFIA will also testify at the hearing, file post-hearing comments and reach out to supporting Congressional offices. 

Please review the attached “List 4” tariff document to understand your exposure better.  Most apparel tariff targets are listed in chapters 61 & 62, Footwear in chapter 64 and sports/fitness equipment in chapter 95. 

If your company is interested in having SFIA assist in removing products classified under HTS codes appearing on List 4 from any final List that imposes additional duties on Chinese imports, please fill out the confidential questionnaire seeking details on each product/HTS code that you want removed, CLICK HERE for questionnaire petition form.

The questionnaire peition form must be completed and sent to Chandler Hoffman, choffman@sfia.org by May 28 to give SFIA sufficient time to draft the comments and have members approve comment filing before June 17.  The cost for members is $2,000 per each petition  ($6,000 for non-members). 

SFIA will also be following up to assist members in seeking exclusions from the increased tariffs (10 to 25 percent) for goods on List 3, once this exclusion process is announce by the USTR.  Please let us know if you are interested in pursuing List 3 exclusions.

UPDATE 5.22.19

The U.S. is still on track to hit the industry with high duties on Chinese imports of apparel, footwear and sports & fitness equipment.

Despite increased pressure for a resolution, the U.S.-China trade talks have deteriorated over the last two weeks. It’s never a good sign when the two-sides start “negotiating in public” with hardline demands that ratchet up the public rhetoric. Both sides have retreated to their corners and dug in, with no clear pathway for resolution in the immediate future. The next possible “reset” moment is a potential meeting between Chinese President Xi and President Trump around the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29, which is two weeks after the List 4 tariffs go into effect.   

It is hoped that the U.S. and China can make progress prior to end of June, but talks are not expected to deliver substantive resolution any time prior to the Summit. If there is no agreement, high tariffs could become a “new status quo” that maintains the current tension level through the 2020 U.S. elections. Both sides may decide they can weather any economic harm and “outlast” the other. President Trump could potentially incorporate a continued aggressive stance against China in his re-election strategy, as he prepares for the 2020 campaign cycle.  

While Congress continues to push the President on his tariff strategy and the negative impact of a trade war with China, they do not appear to have any options for ending the escalating tariffs. The President holds all the cards right now, and China has a big stack of chips to play with… Will anyone blink?


ABOUT SFIA: The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products and fitness industry. SFIA seeks to promote sports and fitness participation, as well as industry vitality through research, thought leadership, public affairs, industry affairs and member services. For more information, please visit www.sfia.org.

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