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Procedures for request exclusion of flooring classified within a tariff subheading


In a notice published on May 9. 2019, the United States Trade Representative (Trade Representative) announced that the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) would establish a process by which U.S. stakeholders may request exclusion of particular products classified within a tariff subheading covered by the September 2018 action in this investigation from the additional duties. This notice announces that USTR will open an exclusion requests on June 30, 2019, and sets out the specific procedures for submitting requests.


US 200 billion tariff plus product exclusion application address:

The website will be launched from June 30, 2019. The application deadline is September 30, 2019.

The information that needs to be submitted includes:

1. Contact information;

2. Product 10 US Customs Code;

3. Detailed product description;

4. The trade link in which the applicant is located;

5. Substitutability of the product in the United States;

6. Substitutability of products in third countries;

7. Attempts to find alternative products;

8. The quantity and amount of the product originating in China purchased from 2017 to the first quarter of 2017;

9. The quantity and amount of the product originating in a third country from 2017 to 2019;

10. The quantity and amount of this product originating in the United States from 2017 to 2019;

11. The company's operating income in the first quarter of 2018 and 2019;

12. Whether the product is the final product or the final product;

13. Whether the introduction of additional tariffs in September 2018 has caused serious economic damage to your company or other US interests;

14. Other supporting information;

15. Have you applied for a 34 billion list and a 16 billion list for product exclusions;

16. Whether the product is of strategic importance or related to “Made in China 2025” or other industrial policies in China;

17. Other relevant annexes.

To send an English version to a US guest, you can get the full version in the US official announcement:


A part content of Exclusion Request Form as follow:

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