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First Batch of List 2 Goods from Mainland China Excluded from Section 301 Tariffs

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced the first batch of products that will be excluded from the additional 25 percent duty imposed on 23 August 2018 under Section 301 on some US$16 billion worth of imports from mainland China (List 2 goods). These exclusions will be retroactive to 23 August 2018 and remain in place for a period of one year from the date of publication of an official notice in the Federal Register.

The exclusions cover the following products, reflecting 69 specially prepared product descriptions and covering 292 separate exclusion requests.

  • chlorinated polyethylene elastomer, in white or pale yellow powder form, containing 28 to 44 percent by weight of chlorine (HTSUS 3901.90.1000)
  • polytetrafluoroethylene ((C2F4)n), having a particle size of five to 500 microns and a melting point of 315 to 329 degrees Celsius (HTSUS 3904.61.0090)
  • expandable plastics beads, 0.30 to 0.50 mm in diameter, consisting of copolymers of methylmethacrylate (62 to 64 percent by weight) and styrene (26 to 28 percent by weight) (HTSUS 3906.90.2000)
  • polyol blends containing 92 percent or more by weight of polyether polyol (CAS number 9049-71-2) and 2.5 percent or more by weight of N,Ndimethylcyclohexamine (3907.20.0000)
  • hot melt flat shapes of biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film with an acrylic emulsion (HTSUS 3919.90.5060)
  • polyethylene film, 20.32 to 198.12 cm in width, and 30.5 to 2,000.5 m in length, coated on one side with solvent acrylic adhesive, clear or in transparent colours, whether or not printed, in rolls (HTSUS 3919.90.5060)
  • polyvinyl chloride film, coated on one side with pressure sensitive solvent-acrylic adhesive that allows for easy removal from a flat glass or flat, rigid, clear plastics surface, 106.7 cm, 137.2 cm or 152.4 cm in width, and 30.38 m or 49.99 m in length, with regular perforations measuring 1.5 to 1.6 mm in diameter, where the perforations cover 30, 40 or 50 percent of the surface area (HTSUS  3919.90.5060)
  • printed rectangular polyethylene sheets depicting images on one side, with self-adhesive edges protected with peel-off liners on the other side, measuring 30.5 cm by 45.7 cm or 30.5 cm by 25.4 cm  (HTSUS 3919.90.5060)
  • self-adhesive coloured or printed polyvinyl chloride film with a peelable liner, in rolls, measuring 30.5 cm or 50.8 cm in width and 3.05 m to 6.10 m in length, of a kind used for lining shelves or drawers (HTSUS 3919.90.5060)
  • printed, non-permeable plastic film of ethylene designed for use in packaging personal care products such as baby wipes, adult wipes and similar wet stack products (HTSUS 3920.10.0000)
  • polyethylene film of a kind used for wrapping perishable foods, in rolls measuring 30.5 cm in width and up to 76.2 m in length, with a starter edge tab, put up in retail packages incorporating a built-in slide cutter and grip strip for holding the film in place until subsequent use (HTSUS 3920.10.0000)
  • rectangular sheets of high-density or low-density polyethylene, 111.75 cm to 215.9 cm in width, and 152.4 cm to 304.8 cm in length, with a sticker attached to mark the centre of each sheet, of a kind used in hospital or surgery centre operating rooms (HTSUS 3920.10.0000)
  • spark-ignition rotary or reciprocating internal combustion piston engines to be installed in agricultural or horticultural machinery or equipment, 4,476 W or more but not more than 37.6 kW, each valued not over US$180 (HTSUS 8407.90.1020)
  • gasoline or liquid propane engines each having a displacement of more than two litres but not more than 2.5 litres (HTSUS 8407.90.9010)
  • spark-ignition internal combustion piston engines, not elsewhere specified or included, 746 W or greater but not exceeding 4,476 W, with an engine displacement of not more than 430 cc (HTSUS 8407.90.9040)
  • heat guns (HTSUS 8419.89.9585)
  • heated tissue preparation microscope slide flattening tables (HTSUS 8419.89.9585)
  • tissue sample paraffin floatation baths (HTSUS 8419.89.9585)
  • air amplifiers powered solely by an external source of compressed air, which is routed through the apparatus in such a manner as to draw in ambient air, increase its speed and direct the air through an output port, each such apparatus not exceeding one kilogramme in weight (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • apparatus capable of generating and projecting liquid particles of a size that simulates haze, fog or snow (depending on the composition of the liquid or powdered source), whether or not incorporating laser or other lighting apparatus (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • apparatus capable of mechanically generating and projecting bubbles from a liquid source, each apparatus weighing more than 2.5 kg but not more than 6.5 kg (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • aroma-spraying sets, each of which includes a battery-powered aerosol apparatus and a glass bottle containing not more than 25 ml of essential oil solution, each set weighing not more than 300 g (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • collars of a size suitable for dogs or cats, fitted with a means to provide a stimulus to the animal, by means of a sprayer, whether or not combined with a static electric discharge device or sound emitter, and such collars capable of being controlled by an external transmission device, whether or not the controller is presented with the collar as a set (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • dispensers of hand-cleaning or hand-sanitising solutions, whether employing a manual pump or a proximity-detecting battery-operated pump, each article weighing not more than 3 kg (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • oral irrigators (dental water-jet machines) (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • parts washers, each consisting of a steel basin having a capacity no greater than 100 litres, steel drain plug, support legs and a shelf, a recirculating centrifugal pump assembly, a power cord incorporating an electrical fusible link, a gooseneck spigot assembly, with a steel lid held by a “piano-type” hinge and by a lid support bracket incorporating a mechanical fusible link (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • rotary surface washers, consisting of a tube, at one end of which is a fitting suitable for connection to an external power washer and a handle for controlling the position of the apparatus, and at the other end of which is an assembly of one or more rotating brushes that receive the output of the external power washer (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • wet- and dry-diffusion apparatus fitted for incorporation into scent-releasing machines (HTSUS 8424.89.9000)
  • walk behind rotary tillers, electric powered, individually weighing less than 14 kg (HTSUS 8432.29.0060)
  • fertilizer distributors with a capacity not exceeding 40 kg (HTSUS 8432.42.0000)
  • benchtop drill presses, each with a power rating of less than 750 watts and valued under US$1,000 each (HTSUS 8465.95.0055)
  • bearing housings each valued over US$2,000 (HTSUS 8483.30.8020)
  • AC motors, of 18.65W or more but not exceeding 37.5 W, each with attached actuators, crankshafts or gears (HTSUS 8501.10.6020)
  • C-frame 2-pole AC electric motors, of 18.65W or more but not exceeding 37.5 W, each valued not over US$4 (HTSUS 8501.10.6020)
  • electric motors, of 18.65W or more but not exceeding 37.5 W, each valued over US$28 but not over US$35 (HTSUS 8501.10.6080)
  • amorphous silicon solar chargers with a power output of 100 W or less (HTSUS 8501.31.8010)
  • electric motors, each with an output rating not exceeding 800 W (HTSUS 8501.52.4000)
  • armature shafts for electric motors of heading 8501 (HTSUS 8503.00.9520)
  • windshield wiper motor covers and shafts (HTSUS 8503.00.9520)
  • leakage current detection and interruption (LCDI) cords (HTSUS 8536.30.8000)
  • control boards for stoves, ranges and ovens of heading 8516 (HTSUS 8537.10.3000)
  • zener diodes, each valued not over US$0.25 (HTSUS 8541.10.0050)
  • position or speed sensors for motor vehicle transmission systems, each valued not over US$12 (HTSUS 8543.70.4500)
  • wheel speed sensors for anti-lock motor vehicle braking systems, each valued not over US$12 (HTSUS 8543.70.4500)
  • antenna amplifiers, each valued not over US$15 (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • antenna noise suppressors, each valued not over US$5 (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • apparatus using passive infrared detection sensors designed for turning lights on and off (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • audio controllers, each valued not over US$100 (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • audio mixers, each valued not over US$75 (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • devices incorporating sensors and monitors for identifying encoded television and radio signal information of survey participants (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • electrically powered cat noise control devices (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • electrically powered combs of a kind used on pets (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • electrically powered dog training, controlling, repelling or locating apparatus whether or not put up in kits, including dog collars fitted with GPS or other transmitting or receiving devices and electrical barrier transmitter devices (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • electrically powered insect control apparatus (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • electrically powered static-emitting plastic strips designed for use in training or controlling pets (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • LED lamps for flash curing nail polish (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • liquid leak detectors (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • multiple device remote controls, other than radio remote control, each valued not over US$2 (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • robots, programmable, measuring not more than 40 cm high by 22 cm wide by 27 cm deep, incorporating an LCD display, camera and microphone but without “hands” (HTSUS 8543.70.9960)
  • couplers, knuckles and yokes and parts thereof for vehicles of heading 8605 or 8606 (HTSUS 8607.30.1000)
  • motorcycles (including mopeds), with reciprocating internal combustion piston engine of a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50 cc, valued not over US$500 each (HTSUS 8711.10.0000)
  • polarising film, of triacetate, with a pressure sensitive adhesive backing (HTSUS 9001.20.0000)
  • digital clinical thermometers, valued not over US$11 each (HTSUS 9025.19.8040)
  • cooking thermometers, including candy and deep-fry thermometers (HTSUS 9025.19.8080)
  • infrared thermometers (HTSUS 9025.19.8080)
  • combined thermometer and hygrometer devices (HTSUS 9025.80.1000)
  • pulse output gas meters of a kind that can be read remotely (HTSUS 9028.10.0000)
  • pulse output water meters, of cast stainless steel (HTSUS 9028.20.0000)
  • fingertip pulse oximeters (HTSUS 9029.20.4080)

These exclusions must be claimed using new HTSUS subheading 9903.88.12. They are available for any product that meets the specified product description, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. USTR notes that the scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the product descriptions set forth in its notice and not by the product descriptions in any particular request for exclusion.

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