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Tariff Exclusion Requests Open Until Dec. 1

According to a report from the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will consider excluding tariffs on select products that currently fall under the Chinese tariffs.

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If manufacturers and dealers submit a persuasive exclusion request to USTR explaining their need for it, they could receive relief from tariffs on such items as small-displacement motorcycle engines, electric motorcycles, helmets, apparel, accessories, insulated electric conductors, parts for internal combustion engines and starter motors.

Tariff exclusion requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The USTR will consider exclusion requests from only 549 harmonized tariff schedule codes that have previously been granted exclusions. You can review the list here to determine which codes may apply for your imports.


Most of the exclusions expired on Dec. 31, 2020, and the remainder ended earlier in 2021, but the USTR is inviting specific comments on particular exclusions as well as public comments on how long those exclusions should remain in effect.

The deadline is Dec. 1, 2021.

MIC recommends that commenters specifically address:

  • Whether the particular product and/or a comparable product is available from sources in the U.S. and/or third countries
  • Any changes in the global supply chain since September 2018, with respect to the particular product or any other relevant industry developments.
  • The efforts, if any, importers or U.S. purchasers have undertaken since September 2018 to source the product from the U.S. or third countries
  • The capacity for producing the product in the U.S.

For more information, see MIC’s original report here.

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