The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) has successfully secured new exclusions from the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports.
Last week the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published two, separate Federal Register notices announcing the exclusions, taking the total number of product exclusions secured by NAFEM and the industry to 323.
For List 1, an additional 179 products were excluded from the tariffs as the result of NAFEM’s and members’ comments regarding the tariffs, with the exclusions retroactive to July 6, 2018
For List 2, 71 more product exclusions were added, bringing NAFEM’s list of successes up to 138 product exclusions from that list, retroactive to August 23, 2018.
According to NAFEM, the approved exclusions are available to any importers of the excluded products and are not limited to the entity that made the original request.
Tariff exclusions are valid for one year after the publication date of the Federal Register notice.
Foodservice equipment manufacturers can determine whether an exclusion applies to their imported product by searching the product exclusion list on the USTR website.
If a company finds an exclusion that applies to its imported products, that company should work with its Customs broker to notify US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).