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China Tariffs: List 4, Two-Phased Release Process

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) posted a press release, USTR Announces Next Steps on Proposed 10 Percent Tariff on Imports from China.

The USTR advised that a two-phased approach will be used for the implementation of the 10 percent tariff on $300 billion of China products:

  • September 1, 2019 – A 10 percent tariff will be effective for some of the products. This list is referred to as List 4A – Effective September 1, 2019.
  • December 15, 2019 – The 10 percent tariff will be effective for other products. This list is referred to as List 4B – Effective December 15, 2019 and includes such items as cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing. This delay is pursuant to the USTR’s public comments and hearing process.

Some products were removed from the initial proposed list of tariffs based on health, safety, national security and other factors.

The USTR also announced that it “intends to conduct an exclusion process for products subject to the additional tariff.” The exclusion process and a list of tariff lines affected is forthcoming.

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