Updates on China Tariffs

Background

The Office of United States Trade Representatives has posted three separate lists of goods imported from China that will be impacted by additional tariffs.

To determine if a good is impacted, refer to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) Code. Each good has the corresponding eight-digit HTSUS code next to it. Search (Ctrl+F) each list for your HTSUS codes.

Note: When deciding how to file an exclusion request for goods on List One, refer to the ten-digit HTSUS code. If the code is the same for multiple products, you can file one request. If it is different, you need to file separate requests.

List One

25% tariff on listed goods
Went into effect July 6
The requests for exclusions process for goods on List One started on July 6

The deadline to submit requests for exclusions is October 9, 2018

Note: List One includes, but is not limited to, 8421.21.00 – Machinery and apparatus for filtering and purifying water and 8421.99.00 – Parts for filtering or purifying machinery or apparatus for liquids or gases

List Two

10% tariff on listed goods
Proposed list of goods for List Two was posted in June
Due date for submissions of written comments is July 23, 2018; hearing is on July 24, 2018

No effective date has been released (waiting to close out the public comment period)

Note: List Two includes, but is not limited to, 3914.00.60 – Ion-exchangers based on polymers of headings 3901 to 3913, in primary forms, nesoi

List Three

10% tariff on listed goods
Proposed list of goods for List Three was posted in July
Due date for submissions of written comments is August 17, 2018: hearing is August 20-23, 2018

No effective date has been released (waiting to close out the public comment period)

Note: List Three includes, but is not limited to, 3802.10.00 – Activated carbon and 3802.90.20 – Activated clays and activated earths

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On August 14, 2017, President Trump instructed the Office of US Trade Representatives (USTR) to investigate the actions of the Government of China under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The USTR prepared a comprehensive report on the acts, policies, and practices under investigation. This report was posted on March 22, 2018. In the proposed recommendations the USTR is considering imposing tariffs on certain products imported from China. After the US announced its list of proposed tariffs on China goods, China announced a list of goods it is proposing to increase tariffs on (see “China Announcement of Additional Tariffs” document under resources).


Exclusion Process for Goods on List One -- Deadline October 9, 2018

Exclusion Process Handout (Download PDF)
Instructions for Exclusion Process from the Office of the United States Trade Representatives (Download PDF)
Product Exclusion Form (Download PDF)
Press Release from the USTR

Call to Action

Submit written comments for goods on List Two. The deadline is July 23, 2018. Go to: www.regulations.gov, via docket USTR-2018-0018. We recommend sending a copy of your submitted comments to your congress members to educate them on the impacts these tariffs will have on public health and businesses.

Submit written comments for goods on List Three. The deadline is August 17th, 2018. Go to: www.regulations.gov, via docket USTR-2018-0026. We recommend sending a copy of your submitted comments to your congress members to educate them on the impacts these tariffs will have on public health and businesses.

Submit an exclusion request for applicable goods. The deadline is October 9, 2018. Go to: www.regulations.gov, via docket USTR-2018-0025. We recommend sending a copy of your submitted request for exclusion to your congress members to educate them on the impacts these tariffs will have on public health and businesses. 

Contact your congress members today to educate them on the impact the tariffs will have on your business.

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 Key dates:

April 20, 2018: Conference call with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for China and Mongolia to discuss challenges for doing business in and with China

April 26, 2018: Conference call with WQA stakeholders to review industry response to proposed tariffs
May 11, 2018: Due date for submission of written comments on List One of proposed products
May 15, 2018: The section 301 Committee will convene a public hearing in the main hearing room of the US International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW Washington, D.C. beginning at 10:00 a.m.
May 22, 2018: Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments
June 19, 2018: Conference call with stakeholders to review the president’s June 15 announcement to move forward
June 29, 2018: Due date for filing requests to appear and a summary of expected testimony at the public hearing and for filing pre-hearing submissions on list Two of proposed products
July 6, 2018: List One of tariffs goes into effect
July 11, 2018: Conference call with WQA stakeholders to review updates on tariffs process and List Two
July 23, 2018: Due date for submission of written comments on list Two of proposed products
July 24, 2018: The section 301 Committee will convene a public hearing in the main hearing room of the US International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW Washington, DC beginning at 9:30 a.m.
July 31, 2018: 
Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments
August 17, 2018: Due date for submission of written comments on List Three of proposed products
August 20-23, 2018: The section 301 Committee will convene a public hearing in the main hearing room of the US International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW Washington, DC
October 9, 2018: Due date for exclusion requests


Resources:

Instructions for Exclusion Process from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives (Download PDF)
Product Exclusion Form (Download PDF)
Exclusion Process Handout (Download PDF)
Press Release from USTR on Exclusion Process for Products on List One (Go to Webpage)
WQA Letter Submitted for Section 301 Committee Public Hearing on List One (Download PDF)
WQA Letter Submitted for Section 301 Committee Public Hearing on List Two (Download PDF)
WQA Letter to Federal House Ways and Means Committee on Counterfeits and Tariffs (Download PDF)
China Announcement of Additional Tariffs (Download PDF)
US Exports covered by Chinese Tariffs List One *unofficial version (Download PDF)
US Exports Covered by Chinese Tariffs List Two *unofficial version (Download PDF)
US Exports Covered by Chinese Tariffs List Three *unofficial version(Download PDF)
Press Release from USTR on Section 301 Investigation 6/29/2018 (Go to Webpage)
Press Release from USTR on Tariffs on Chinese Products 6/29/2018 (Go to Webpage)
Wall Street Journal Article of Tariff Exclusion Process of Steel and Aluminum (Download PDF)