Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Industry

China Tariff Exclusion For Passive Infrared Sensor Luminaires

China Tariff Exclusion For Passive Infrared Sensor Luminaires - photo from Rejuvenation - a wall sconce with infrared sensor.

The American Lighting Association (ALA) has shared information about a China tariff exclusion that has been reinstated by the Biden Administration. This exclusion for passive infrared (PIR) sensor luminaires could reduce tariffs on certain fixtures depending on the light source (socketed vs. integrated).

As part of the Section 301 tariffs on goods imported from China, the US Trade Representative (USTR) established a list of products that are excluded from the additional tariffs. That list expired, was brought back, expired again and then brought back but reduced from 549 to 352 exclusions. This exclusion process is separate from the COVID-19 exclusion list.

At present, the list of 352 exclusions is in effect. It was last extended in December 2022 and will be in effect until September 30, 2023. PIR sensor luminaires are included on the list of 352 tariff exclusions. It is identified under HTS code 8543.70.9860 – Other. The product description, per the Dec. 2022 Federal Register notice is the following:
“Apparatus using passive infrared detection sensors designed for turning lights on and off (described in statistical reporting number 8543.70.9960 prior to January 27, 2022; described in statistical reporting number 8543.70.9860 effective January 27,2022).”

Manufacturers importing PIR sensor luminaires can investigate if this tariff exclusion allows them to avoid additional tariffs.

Source: ALA

Image: Rejuvenation


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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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