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MTB Duty Reductions Will Not Supersede Mainland China Import Tariffs, CBP Says

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a message stating that the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act’s duty suspensions or reductions on 1,660 products were effective for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after 13 October 2018 and will remain in effect through 31 December 2020. A majority of the products covered by the MTB are chemicals, but textiles, apparel and footwear; machinery and equipment; and agricultural and fishery products are included as well.

According to CBP, about half the MTB-eligible items are produced in mainland China and may therefore be subject to the Section 301 additional tariffs President Trump has imposed on a wide range of imports from the mainland. CBP states that while such products can benefit from the MTB’s suspensions and reductions for the general (column 1) rates of duty, they remain subject to the 25 percent duty rate imposed by HTSUS 9903.88.01 and 9903.88.02 or the 10 percent duty rate imposed by HTSUS 9903.88.03 and 9903.88.04, as applicable.

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