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China Tariffs: USTR Proposes Additional Import Tariffs on Products from China

On Monday, May 13, 2019, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a new proposed list of products that could be subject to an additional 25 percent tariff.

In response to China’s decision to retreat from specific commitments made during trade negotiations between the United States and China in March, April and May, along with China’s announcement of further retaliatory action against U.S. commerce, the USTR has recommended that a 25 percent tariff be applied to approximately $300 billion worth of  goods imported from China. Essentially, the remaining products imported from China including apparel, consumer goods, electronics, food, footwear, toys and machinery, make up the 3,805 full or partial U.S Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes within the scope of this proposed tariff.

The USTR announced that there will be a public comment period including a hearing after which the USTR will issue a final determination on the merchandise subject to the additional tariffs. The timetable below is short, and the new tariffs could be implemented any time after June 24, 2019.

  • June 10, 2019: Requests to appear at the public hearing due
  • June 17, 2019: Written comments due
  • June 17, 2019: Public hearing
  • June 24, 2019: Post-hearing rebuttal comments due

For additional details or to determine if your products imported from China are impacted, refer to the Annex to the USTR Notice.

For more information, please contact your local MIQ Logistics, a company of Noatum Logistics representative.