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Member Only: Avoiding Tariffs—MTBs and China Exclusions

This webinar will cover how to use the MTB and China exclusion process to avoid tariffs and help lessen the impact to your company.

Member-only webinars are crafted and presented by AAFA to address member needs and provide exclusive insights around industry developments. AAFA member-only webinars are closed-press.


Effective October 11, the U.S. government allows companies to petition for the temporary reduction or elimination of tariffs on certain individual products — via the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process — if:

  • No like or directly competitive product is made in the United States (in sufficient quantities);
  • The product description is administrable by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); and
  • Lost tariff revenue for the U.S. Treasury annually for the product is less than $500,000.
The deadline to file MTB petitions is December 10, 2019.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is expected to announce the “tariff exclusion” process for Tranche 4,  which imposed 15% punitive tariffs on U.S. imports of clothes and shoes from China. The exclusion process provides companies an opportunity to petition for certain clothes and shoes to be excluded from the 15% punitive tariffs.

Join us to understand the MTB process, the China Tranche 4 tariff exclusion process, and the potential for savings. We will also provide a brief update on U.S.-China trade relations overall.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • How the MTB and tariff exclusion processes work; 
  • How to submit a petition for the MTB or an exclusion;
  • What information should be included in the petition; and
  • What the chances are for success.


Steve Lamar
Executive Vice President
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

Stephen E. Lamar is Executive Vice President, where he also serves as liaison to AAFA’s Government Relations Committee, Government Contracts Committee, and Legwear Committee. He represents AAFA members before Congress and the Administration on a range of issues, including government procurement, counterfeiting/intellectual property rights, international trade, market access, customs, labor, environment, and product safety. In these roles, Steve also advises AAFA member companies on legislation and regulatory policies affecting the clothing and footwear industries. Prior to AAFA, Steve was a trade analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Before joining the Commerce Department, Steve served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the southern African country of Botswana. Steve is President of the Washington International Trade Association. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University and a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs (with a concentration on African politics and international trade) from George Washington University.

Nate Herman
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s government relations department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. Nate also leads the association’s work on sustainability, transportation, logistics, and customs issues. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992. 
10/24/2019 2:00 PM - 10/24/2019 3:00 PM
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