The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a new notice in the Federal Register that extends selected product exclusions from the China Section 301 tariffs for one additional year. This announcement includes the extension of the exclusion on shredder wear parts through May 31, 2025, which is great news for ReMA members that operate shredders.

USTR had extended the shredder wear parts exclusion multiple times over the past several years, including most recently in December 2023 for five months through May 31, 2024. This one-year extension of the exclusions pushes the decision about how to handle future extensions past the November elections.

As part of the broader statutory review process of the China Section 301 action, USTR is also seeking feedback on a new proposed product exclusion process focused on machinery imported from China used in manufacturing under Chapters 84 and 85 of the HTSUS. ReMA staff will review this new exclusion process and will consult with Trade Committee leadership about whether to file comments to USTR during its public consultation period.