Similar to the process established by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the China State Council Customs Tariff Commission has implemented a process by which Chinese importers of U.S. origin merchandise can request exclusions from the punitive tariffs. Exclusion requests may be filed on “Tranche 2” items during the period of September 2, 2019, through October 18, 2019. China will publish a list of approved exclusions which will be valid for one year. China will also issue refunds of tariffs previously collected on goods which receive a favorable exclusion determination, provided certain conditions are satisfied. An unofficial translation of the CSCCTC Notice is available here.
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