Most importers would agree that the China 301 tariff changes are very fluid and unpredictable. For example, September 12, 2019 President Trump delayed the October 15th increase in tariffs on China List 1, 2 and 3 from 25% to 30%. Subsequently, October 12, President Trump announced that the United States would stop the October 15 tariff increase on Chinese imports after successful negotiations in Washington, D.C.
Your company, especially the procurement team, must rapidly react to the changes announced by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) which affect its supply chain. A helpful USTR tool is available to check if your China origin product is subject to the China 301 tariffs. You can enter your 8-digit tariff number and search the portal. Further, the USTR webpage instructs importers how to navigate the Section 301 Tariff process and provides lists 1,2, 3 and 4 as well as guidance for the product exclusion status.