As the Section 301 tariff ordeal has evolved, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) created and implemented a tariff exclusion process. To date, USTR has approved 549 requests, but all of those have since expired.
After six months of urging by industry, USTR has reinstated 352 of the original 549 exclusions. The reinstated exclusions are retroactive to Oct. 12, 2021, and will be in effect for the remainder of 2022.
Read the full list of reinstated exclusions.
Identified exclusions pertaining to lighting:
Modular light switches, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V, presented in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) housings, designed for use with a backplate
Twist-on wire connectors, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V, each valued not over $0.03
8543.70.9960 prior to January 27, 2022, or 8543.70.9860 effective January 27, 2022
Apparatus using passive infrared detection sensors designed for turning lights on and off
9405.40.8440 prior to January 27, 2022, or 9405.42.8440 effective January 27, 2022
Flexible strips, each having embedded light-emitting diodes electrically connected to a molded electrical end connector, each strip wound onto a reel measuring not more than 25 cm in diameter and not more than 1.5 cm in width