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2019 China Tariffs: List 3 Exclusion Process

2019 China Tariff List 3 Exclusion Process

Looking for Tariff Relief on List 3 Products? SFIA can help!

If you wish to participate in SFIA's Section 301 List 3 Tariff exclusion process please fill out the exclusion form (here) provided by the USTR and submit it via email to Chandler Hoffman, choffman@sfia.org by September 20th, 2019.

We will work with you to create the strongest case possible for exclusion

CLICK HERE for exclusion request form for "List 3"

CLICK HERE for the HTS Codes Affected by "List 3"

Once your exclusion request forms are submitted, you will be invoiced.

SFIA Members cost per each request form/Product : $2,000

SFIA Non-Member cost per each request form/Product : $6,000

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

"List 3" tariffs are currently at 25% until September 30th. On October 1st, the tariffs will raise to 30%.

*** “Exemptions” remove products from tariff list before the tariffs are enacted.

***“Exclusions” remove products from the tariff list after the product has already been hit with a tariff increase.

Please send all completed petition forms to Chandler Hoffman, choffman@sfia.org by September 20th, 2019.

Need to Know:

  • USTR will grant exclusions for specific products within a 10 digit HTS Code, not blanket exclusions for all products imported under a 10 digit HTS code.


  • File Exclusion petitions for a single product – HTS codes can contain more than 100 SKUs and multiple variances of the same product.  Although an exclusion request may contain multiple SKUs, it may not be possible to include all of them in one single request.  Generally the more limited the scope of the petition the better.  Exclusion requests have been rejected due to multiple “products” on same petition although it is acceptable to include different variances of a product in a single petition so long as the petition does not cover multiple “products.”


  • Define your product narrowly and with detailed information – You know your product best, include unique features, composition and materials used when describing your product to ensure the final Exclusion definition matches your product.


June 30th: Submitting exclusion requests began

September 30th: Deadline for submitting exclusion requests

The USTR has announced the "List 3" Exclusion process for Section 301 China Tariffs. The "List 3" tariffs have already been imposed on Chinese imports, but this exclusion process gives SFIA members the chance to break free from the previous tariff increase. The USTR noted that if an exclusion is granted, it will reach back to the day the 10% tariff came to effect, i.e. from the September 24, 2018.

*** Responses to individual exclusion requests are due 14 days after the request is posted on USTR’s online portal. Any replies to responses to an exclusion request are due the later of 7 days after the close of the 14-day response period, or 7 days after the posting of a response.


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