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USDA Official Translation of China Tariff Exclusions

 

Voluntary Report – Voluntary – Public Distribution                                                  Date:   February 28,2020

Report Number: CH2020-0020


Report Name: China Issues Tariff Exclusions on US Hardwood Products

Country: China – Peoples Republic of

Post:  Beijing

Report Category:   Trade Policy Monitoring

 

Prepared By:  Abigail Nguema

 

Approved By: Michael  Ward

 

Report Highlights:

On February 21, 2020, the State Council Customs Tariff Commission (SCCTC) announced two tariff exclusion lists for certain U.S. products subject to Section 301 retaliatory duties.  List I includes seven U.S. hardwood products.  The tariff exclusions are effective from February 28, 2020 through February 27, 2021.  In addition, products on List I are eligible for refunds of tariffs already collected.  This report provides an unofficial translation of the SCCTC announcement identifying the agricultural-related products newly subject to tariff exclusions.

 

 Summary:

On February 21, 2020, the State Council Customs Tariff Commission (SCCTC) announced two tariff exclusion lists for certain U.S. products subject to Section 301 retaliatory duties.  This provision applies to the 301 tariffs implemented on September 24, 2018 and increased on June 1, 2019.  List I includes seven hardwood products under six tariff lines, including oak logs and lumber, cherry lumber, and ash lumber, while List II does not include any food, agricultural, or agricultural-related products.  The tariff exclusions are effective from February 28, 2020 through February 27, 2021.  In addition, products on List I are eligible for refunds of tariffs already collected.  Relevant importing enterprises must apply for tariff refunds within six months of the publication of the announcement.  NOTE:  This is the second batch of tariff exclusions published as a result of applications summitted during two application periods in 2019.

 

The SCCTC announcement is available at:

http://gss.mof.gov.cn/gzdt/zhengcefabu/202002/t20200221_3472600.htm

Unofficial Translation of the SCCTC Announcement

The State Council Customs Tariff Commission Announcement on the First Exclusion Lists for the Second Batch of U.S. Products Imposed with Additional Tariffs

(Tariff Commission Notice [2020] No. 3)

Feb. 21, 2020

According to the Notice of the State Council Customs Tariff Commission on the Trial Implementation of the Exclusion Process for U.S. Products Subject to Additional Tariffs (Tariff Commission Notice [2019] No. 2), the State Council Tariff Commission has organized a review of the valid applications submitted by applicants and has decided to exclude certain products for the first time from the second batch of U.S. products imposed with additional tariffs. The exclusion process will be implemented through two lists. The relevant matters are announced as follows:

For products included in List I, the additional tariffs which were imposed to counter U.S. 301 Measures will no longer be collected from February 28, 2020 to February 27, 2021 (one year). Tariffs already collected shall be refunded and the relevant importing enterprises shall apply to customs within 6 months of the publication of the exclusion list.

For products included in List II, the additional tariffs which were imposed to counter U.S. 301 Measures will no longer be collected from February 28, 2020 to February 27, 2021(one year). Tariffs already collected will not be refunded.

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