USTR Postpones 10% Tariff Increase on Certain List 4 Products

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UPDATE [AUGUST 15, 2019]

USTR released an update indicating that the additional 10% tariffs on Section 301 Lists 4A and 4B would be applied based on the entry date. Entry date is determined as the date the cargo arrives in U.S. Customs territory or the date the Customs entry is filed, whichever is later.

This is different than that of the Section 301 List 3 tariffs, which used the date of export to determine eligibility.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that certain List 4 products will not be subject to a 10% tariff increase until December 15th. All products included on List 4 were initially scheduled to go into effect on September 1st.

The announcement indicates that goods were evaluated based on health, safety, national security and other factors throughout the List 4 public comment and hearing process.

The items that will not face a 10% tariff increase until December 15th, named List 4B, encompass 650 HTS subheadings covering, for example, electronics, toys, footwear, and clothing. The remaining items, including food, beverages, chemicals, glasses, and more, encompass List 4A. This list will continue to be subject to the 10% tariff increase effective September 1st.

To view each list and the subheadings included, please follow the below links:

  • List 4A – Effective September 1st
  • List 4B – Effective December 15th

USTR intends to conduct an exclusion process for products subject to the additional tariff, but no specific information has yet been released.

Trans-Border will continue to monitor the situation. If you have any questions, please reach out to Bill Carey, Import Compliance Manager, at or (800) 493-9444.

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