Duty Explorer App

The Duty Explorer: A Simple App to Determine 301 Tariffs from China and the EU

  • App is ideal productivity tool for purchasing departments
  • Instantly identify duties to include in landed costs calculations

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The Problem

Starting in 2018, the U.S. placed additional tariffs on imported goods from China, under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. These tariffs amounted to $29 billion in fiscal year 2019.

In addition, in 2019 the World Trade Organization ruled against certain European Union (EU) counties in favor of the U.S. related to subsidies for Airbus. Due to this ruling, the U.S. implemented Section 301 tariffs against certain EU goods.

A Section 301 tariff results when … an act, policy, or practice of a foreign country violates, or is inconsistent with, the provisions of, or otherwise denies benefits to the United States under, any trade agreement or is unjustifiable and burdens or restricts U.S. commerce …

The lists of the products covered by Section 301 tariffs on goods from China have been released in the form of a list of seemingly never-ending updates in a U.S. government publication called the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US, known by the acronym HTSUS.

The problem is that the user must search 57 different notes in the HTSUS covering 170 pages and many thousands of 10-digit HTSUS codes covering many thousands of product descriptions to find if their product is included in or excluded from these additional tariffs. This is time-consuming and confusing.

Furthermore, the U.S. government keeps issuing more updates and decides whether to extend or curtail these exclusions after 1 year. The Section 301 exclusions are further complicated because the U.S. government made them retroactive, so the user must determine the effective date, the date of retro-activity, and the date until the exclusion expires. Mistakes in this area can mean a difference in tariff rates of 25%.

As if this is not more than enough, many of the same products covered by the Section 301 tariffs, found in Chapter 9903.88 of the HTSUS are also subject to Temporary Reductions in Rates of Duty per 9902 of the HTSUS. These run another 165 pages of dense text.

The Solution

The Duty Explorer is very easy to learn and use and pays for itself in no time.

The app reduces your work from hundreds of pages of U.S. regulations on tariffs down to a few lines. We remove the haystack, revealing just the needles. Consequently, your time needed to process these tariffs goes from hours and minutes to seconds, while you greatly reduce mistakes. The app instantaneously gives the user the effective date, the date of retro-activity, and the date until the exclusion expires.

As a bonus, the app also provides all the Temporary Reductions in Rates of Duty from 9902 of the HTSUS and reduces determining these to seconds of work.

But that’s not all. The Duty Explorer can also be used to instantaneously look up the rates of duty for Column 1 – General, Column 1 – Special and Column 2 of the entire HTSUS.

How it works

To use the Duty Explorer, all you need do it enter the 10-digit HTSUS code and the country of origin. Then all Section 301 issues related to that HTSUS code will appear in a few lines. With this minimal information and a few simple selections based on the import transaction the user can determine the inclusions and exclusions in seconds, saving considerable time.


Your first 10 transactions are free. To renew, you may subscribe at the following transaction pricing. If you are seeking an enterprise-wide pricing, please contact us by completing the form below.


  1. Free trial subscription = 10 free transactions
  2. Bronze = US$ 95 per month – receive 75 monthly transactions
  3. Silver = US$ 295 per month – receive 500 monthly transactions
  4. Gold = US$ 995 per month – receive 2,000 monthly transactions

Duty Explorer Overview
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Intelligent Trade Labs (ITL) is creating a transformative software platform in order to simplify the customs process and regulatory compliance of international trade. ITL slashes compliance time and costs. Additionally, ITL also reduces regulatory risks through improved accuracy and timely solutions.

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