Updates on China Tariffs

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September 2019 Update for Goods on Lists One, Two & Three

On Tuesday, September 3, 2019, the Office of US Trade Representative (USTR) filed a notice in the federal register that the administration plans to raise tariffs on Lists 1, 2, and 3 from 25% to 30%. There is a mandatory public comment period, which is open until September 20, 2019. The proposed increase was to be effective on October 1, 2019, but on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the president announced that the increases would be delayed two weeks, to October 15, 2019. When effective, all affected products that haven’t received an exclusion from Lists 1, 2, and 3 will be subject to a 5% tariff increase. 

Submit Comments – Deadline September 20, 2019

Note: Please let WQA know you have submitted a comment. Comments of support can be added to your original comment.

Federal Register Notice

Search Tool

The US Trade Representative Office has created a search tool to determine if a product is subject to a proposed or ongoing Section 301 Tariff Action (Lists 1, 2, 3, & 4), by searching for the product’s Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) code. Follow the link below and enter the 8-digit HTS Subheading into the search field and press SEARCH.

https://ustr.gov/issue-areas/enforcement/section-301-investigations/search

 

More information on HTS Subheadings

https://www.usitc.gov/tariff_affairs/about_hts.htm

 

Summary

Official Section 301 Exclusion Process Website

 

List 1 ($34 Billion)

25% duty

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

 

Review of exclusion requests is ongoing (Review Exclusion Process & Already Granted Exclusions for List 1)

 

Request for comments concerning 5% increase on duty (from 25% to 30%) for goods on List 1, 2, & 3

Submit Comments – Deadline September 20, 2019

 

List 2 ($16 Billion)

25% duty

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

 

Review of exclusion requests is ongoing (Review Exclusion Process & Already Granted Exclusions for List 2)

 

Request for comments concerning 5% increase on duty (from 25% to 30%) for goods on List 1, 2, & 3

Submit Comments – Deadline September 20, 2019

 

List 3 ($200 Billion)

25% duty

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

 

Exclusion request submission is open, deadline is September 30, 2019 (Review Exclusion Process, How to submit a request & Already Granted Exclusions for List 3)

 

Request for comments concerning 5% increase on duty (from 25% to 30%) for goods on List 1, 2, & 3

Submit Comments – Deadline September 20, 2019

 

List 4 ($300 Billion)

10% duty announced on August 1, 2019, increased to 15% on August, 30 2019 (Read Aug. 30 Notice)

List 4A Effective September 1, 2019

List 4B Effective December 15, 2019

 

Exclusion Process TBD

Additional information on List 4

 

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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).

Call to Action

Submit written comments for goods on List Three. The deadline is Sept. 6, 2019. 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.

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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)