On June 24, 2020, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published in the Federal Register a notice that announces the USTR’s determination n to grant an additional exclusion request, as specified in the Annex to this notice, and corrects technical errors in previously announced exclusions. The product exclusions will apply as of September 24, 2018, the effective date of the $200 billion action, and extend to August 7, 2020. The amendments announced in this notice are retroactive to the date that the original exclusions were published.
As set forth in the Annex, the exclusion is reflected in one specially prepared product description, which responds to one exclusion request. In accordance with the June 24 notice, the exclusion is available for any product that meets the description in the Annex, regardless of whether the importer benefitting from the product exclusion filed an exclusion request. Further, the scope of the exclusion is governed by the scope of the product description in the Annex, and not by the product description found in any particular request for exclusion.
- Paragraph A, of the Annex contains a conforming amendment to the HTSUS reflecting the modifications made by the Annex. Subchapter III of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) is modified by inserting the following exclusion in numerical order to US note 20(aaa):
(79) Motorboats with displacement hulls of reinforced fiberglass and wood, each motorboat measuring not less than 14.47 m and not more than 36.57 m in length and weighing not less than 28 t and not more than 363 t, powered by inboard engines, other than inboard/outdrive (described in statistical reporting number 8903.92.0065)
- Paragraph B of the Annex makes technical corrections to certain notes of the HTSUS. Specifically, paragraph B, subparagraph (1), corrects a typographical error in the product descriptions contained in U.S. note (20)(mm)(30), published at 84 FR 61674. Paragraph B, subparagraphs (2)-(5), make technical corrections to the specially prepared product descriptions in certain notes to the HTSUS, specifically, U.S. notes (20)(xx)(17) and (47), published at 85 FR 23122 (April 24, 2020), and U.S. notes (20)(yy)(54) and (65), published at 85 FR 27489 (May 8, 2020).