Section 301 List 4 Batch 6 Product Exclusions

On July 7, 2020, The United States Trade Representative granted the sixth list of product exclusions for Section 301 List 4 products on imports from China.  As set out in the Annex, the exclusions are reflected in 61 specially prepared product descriptions, which together respond to 86 separate exclusion requests.

Exclusions will be retroactive to September 1, 2019 and will remain effective until September 1, 2020. The exclusions are available for any product that meets the description in the Annex, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. Further, the scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the 10-digit HTSUS subheading as described in the Annex, and not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion. The products can be claimed using HTS 9903.88.51.

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  • long-tailed macaques and rhesus macaques captive bred for research (0106.11.0000)
  • duck or goose feathers of a kind used for stuffing (0505.10.0060)
  • silicone plastic baby bottle nipples (3924.90.0500)
  • compressive eye masks of a kind used for mitigating migraine headaches or eyestrain (3924.90.5650)
  • plastic shower heads and parts thereof (3924.90.5650)
  • plastic A-frame or sandwich board signs (3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020, and 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)
  • plastic brackets suitable for mounting on a vertical surface (3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020, and 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)
  • plastic covers for battery compartments in combination weather sensors (3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020, and 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)
  • tapered sound-dampening earplugs in plastic carrying cases (3926.90.9990 prior to July 1, 2020, and 3926.90.9985 effective July 1, 2020)
  • wallpaper with floral, landscape, figure, or abstract designs or solid backgrounds painted by hand, whether or not with applications of metal leaf (4814.90.0200)
  • printed art and pictorial books, hardbound, each with silver foil cover and a depiction of the main character on the cover and silver foil and embossing on the dust jacket (4901.99.0060)
  • printed art and pictorial books with die-cut or tipped-in extra pages and bound with foil stamping or with silkscreen on the cover stock (4901.99.0065)
  • dust covers of knitted polyester fabric designed for bed mattresses and pillows (6302.10.0020)
  • pillow covers, of woven fabrics in chief weight of cotton, incorporating a zippered opening (6304.92.0000)
  • comforter shells of fabric in chief weight of polyester (6307.90.9889)
  • fabric shells for backrests in chief weight of polyester fabric (6307.90.9889)
  • fabric shells for cushions in chief weight of polyester fiber (6307.90.9889)
  • shells for life jackets of manmade fibers (described in HTSUS 6307.90.9889)
  • shells for pillows and comforters of microfiber fabric (6307.90.9889)
  • bicycle helmets comprising shells of polyvinyl chloride, polycarbonate plastic, or acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and an inner liner of expanded polypropylene or expanded polystyrene (6506.10.6045)
  • bright C1060 galvanized round wire (7217.20.4530)
  • bars and rods of high speed steel, not cold formed, of circular cross-section (7228.10.0010)
  • seamless tubes, of circular cross-section, of stainless steel (7304.41.6045)
  • razors of stainless steel having a single edge (8212.10.0000)
  • sewing machines of the household type having a touch screen control, a sewing light, a presser foot lifter, and an automatic needle threader (8452.10.0090)
  • gasoline-powered earth-drilling power augers (8467.89.5060)
  • gasoline-powered or propane-powered engines including a fitted auger bit specially designed for cutting through ice covers of bodies of water (8467.89.5090)
  • copper parts of hand-operated faucets (8481.90.1000)
  • parts of backflow preventer valves of iron or steel, including valve bodies (8481.90.3000)
  • digital trail cameras in plastic cases (8525.80.4000)
  • kits containing protective eyeglasses and ear protective devices (9004.90.0000)
  • non-prescription spectacles, other than sunglasses (9004.90.0000)
  • prism binoculars other than for use with infrared light (9005.10.0040)
  • rotary microtomes (9027.90.2000)
  • acoustic upright pianos (9201.10.0011, 9201.10.0021, 9201.10.0031, and 9201.10.0041)
  • acoustic grand pianos (9201.20.0021, 9201.20.0031, 9201.20.0041, and 9201.20.0051)
  • acoustic guitars (9202.90.2000)
  • harp sharping levers of steel (9209.92.8000)
  • parts of a kind used for adjusting motor vehicle seats, consisting of cables of steel in cable housings of plastics (9401.90.1085)
  • parts of child safety seats incorporating springs (9401.90.1085)
  • pillow shells of cotton, each filled with goose or duck down (9404.90.1000)
  • quilted pillow shells of cotton (9404.90.1000)
  • quilted pillow shells of manmade fibers (9404.90.2000)
  • parts and accessories for exercise machines of subheading 9506.91 (9506.91.0030)
  • arrowheads of metal (9506.99.0520)
  • spinning, spincast, or baitcast fishing reels (9507.30.6000)
  • paintings, drawings, or pastels, each executed entirely by hand (described in HTSUS 9701.10.0000)
  • collages and similar decorative plaques, whether or not framed (9701.90.0000)
  • original engravings, prints, and lithographs, framed or not framed (9702.00.0000)
  • original sculptures and statuary, in any material (9703.00.0000)
  • postage stamps (9704.00.0000)
  • collections and collectors’ pieces of historical interest other than numismatic coins, archaeological pieces, or ethnographic pieces (9705.00.0085)
  • collectors’ pieces of mineralogical interest (9705.00.0085)
  • antique silverware of an age exceeding one hundred years (9706.00.0020)
  • antique furniture of an age exceeding one hundred years (9706.00.0040)


On August 18, 2017, USTR initiated an investigation into certain acts, policies and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation (82 FR 40213). During the investigation, the Trade Representative determined that the acts, policies and practices of China under investigation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce, and are thus actionable under Section 301(b) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Trade Act).

In response, President Trump initiated a number of actions which imposed ad valorem tariffs on certain imports originating in China.  Four separate lists have been announced.  To view the most up to date information, check out our debriefing on Section 301 Imports from China.  This post indicates effective dates, duty rates, and more.

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To read more about Section 301, visit

Section 301 China Imports

Section 301 Product Exclusions

List 1 Product Exclusions Fact Sheet

List 2 Product Exclusions Fact Sheet

List 3 Product Exclusions Fact Sheet

List 4 Product Exclusions Fact Sheet