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USTR Grants Some Tariff Relief, Shortens Waiver Time for Others

Sept. 20, 2019, 3:35 PM

Hundreds of China imports will be exempted from the 25 percent tariffs for one year going forward but some, including dog harnesses and retractable leashes, received shorter exemption periods.

Exemptions from China tariffs granted on a list covering $200 billion in goods will all expire Aug. 7, 2020, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in a noticepublished Sept. 20, meaning some products will receive less than the standard one-year waiver.

The shorter time frame for some imports differs from USTR’s practice of granting one-year waivers retroactively to when the tariffs took effect.

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