AB Specialty Silicones LLC announced that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has granted an exclusion for silicones in primary forms, HTSUS 3910.00.0000, subject to Section 301 tariffs. Silicone is sourced from China for use in US production facilities and sold worldwide.
Mac Penman, general manager, led the exclusion process for the silicone industry, according to AB Specialty Silicones LLC. Tariffs have significantly impacted the industry, and negatively impacted other American businesses along the downstream supply chain.
“We are very appreciative that the USTR and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have granted this exclusion. We are pursuing a new exclusion application to strengthen the US silicone industry,” said Penman. “We remain hopeful that the trade negotiations will come to a successful and fair conclusion which will resolve all disputes and eliminate tariffs for the benefit of American manufacturers and workers.”