WASHINGTON – President Trump’s administration has excluded two categories of furniture from Chinese tariffs.
These items are non-teak wood frame upholstered dining chairs (9401.61.4011) and non-bentwood entrance tables each measuring up to 185 centimeters in length (9403.60.8081 ). Parts of unfinished plywood chairs, including bodies, legs and arms (9401.90.4080) were also exempted.
All of these products were originally subject to the 10 percent tariffs in September 2018. They then increased to 25 percent in early 2019. Forty-four other products – including lamps and woven fabrics – have also recently been excluded. .
At the beginning of November, more than 2,500 American companies had filed requests for the exclusion of tariffs on Chinese imports. Companies hoping to get a disqualification should explain to the U.S. Trade Representative’s office why they think they deserve one. There is also space for comments from the public and organizations, which can choose to support or oppose the nomination.
Majority of companies write that they have not been able to find substitutes – that would be impossible or it would hurt their businesses financially. Others write that they have made a complete shift to China and are too advanced to suddenly move manufacturing to the United States.
By October, the US Trade Representative had ruled on 439 requests – approving 61 and rejecting 378. Of requests from previous rounds of tariffs, the USTR rejected 61% of the more than 13,000 requests.