The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has posted on its website an advance copy of a Federal Register notice that announces the USTR’s determination to extend until December 31, 2020 certain exclusions from the 25% additional duties imposed in the first round [Tranche 1 ($34 Bn.)] of Sec. 301 actions against certain Chinese goods. These exclusions were due to expire on May 14, 2020. Although the Federal Register notice requesting comments on possible extensions stated that USTR would consider extensions of up to 12 months, in light of the cumulative effect of current and possible future exclusions or extensions of exclusions on the effectiveness of the action taken in this investigation, USTR has determined to extend the exclusions in the Annex to this notice for less than 12 months — until December 31, 2020.
As set out in the Annex to the notice, USTR has determined to extend, until December 31, 2020, the following exclusions granted under the May 14, 2019 notice under heading 9903.88.08 and under U.S. note 20(k) to subchapter III of chapter 99 of the HTSUS: (4), (5), (8), (11), (18), (19), (21), (22), (23), (24), (25), (38), and (39).