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USTR Proposes Additional Import Tariffs on Products from China

On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the proposed list of Chinese products that could be subject to an additional 10 percent tariff, a proposed modification to the earlier actions taken in the U.S. Section 301 investigation of the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation.

In light of China’s decision to respond to the Section 301 investigation by imposing increased duties on U.S. goods, the USTR recommended that a 10 percent tariff be applied to approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The 6031 HTS codes within the scope of the proposed duty include a variety of products including consumer goods, food products, textiles, electronics, and auto parts.

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 is short and the new tariffs are expected to be in place in September.

  • July 27, 2018:  Due date for filing requests to appear at the public hearing
  • August 17, 2018:  Due date for submission of written comments
  • August 20 – 23, 2018:  Public hearing
  • August 30, 2018:  Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments

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

For more information please contact your local MIQ Logistics Representative.