China Extends Tariff Exemption for 16 US Products – Full Lists Included

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On September 15, 2020, China’s Tariff Commission of the State Council announced that it will extend tariff exemptions for 16 US products for one year.

The 16 US products were originally exempt from China’s additional tariffs from September 17, 2019 to September 16, 2020. Now, the September 16, 2020 deadline has been extended for another year to September 16, 2021.

The list of the 16 US products were released on September 11, 2019 in the Tariff Commission Announcement [2019] No.6, which actually contains two sub-lists – exemption list 1 and 2 – they respectively exempt 12 and four types of US products from paying additional Chinese tariffs.

Exemption list 1 covers products like shrimp and prawn seedlings, lubricants, and alfalfa meal. Exemption list 2 covers products like release agent, whey for fodder, Iso-alkane solvent, and lubricating base oil.


China launched the tariff exclusion process for the first batch of US imports (45 items subject to the US$34 billion list, the Annex 1 in Announcement [2018] No.5) from June 3, 2019 to July 5, 2019. The two exemption lists were a result of the first-round of this exclusion process.

The US-China trade war began July 2018 with US President Donald Trump announcing sweeping tariffs on Chinese goods resulting in retaliatory tariffs from China. These tariffs have subsequently been implemented in tranches by both sides until they reached their phased one trade deal in January 2020.

This article was originally published on September 11, 2019. It was last updated on September 15, 2020.

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