The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released today its first batch of product exclusions for List 2 of the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China valued at $16 billion. List 2 products were assessed a 25 percent tariff as of August 23, 2018. This batch of exclusions covers 69 specially prepared product descriptions, resulting from 292 separate exclusion requests. These product descriptions include: numerous polyethylene-based chemicals, film, sheets and products; certain polyol blends; polyvinyl chloride film; 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; certain gas or propane engines; heat guns; apparatus capable of generating and projecting liquid particles of a size that simulates haze, fog, snow or bubbles; oral irrigators (dental water-jet machines); certain electric motors and related parts; amorphous silicon solar charges; certain motorcycles; digital clinical thermometers; cooking and infrared thermometers; and fingertip pulse oximeters.

As noted by the USTR in past approval notices, these exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the annex to the related Federal Register notice, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. The scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the product descriptions in the annex and is not governed by the product description set out in any particular request for an exclusion.

These product exclusions will apply as of August 23, 2018, and will extend for one year after the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will shortly issue instructions on entry guidance, implementation of these exclusions and refund procedures.