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Updated March 18, 2019

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This page features information, deadlines and resource documents on the various U.S. tariff actions and the responses by the rest of the world.  

The "U.S. Actions" section includes information on the Section 232 investigations of steel and aluminum, automobiles and auto parts, and uranium. It also includes information on the Section 301 investigation of China, and the termination of GSP eligibility of India and Turkey. In the "Retaliatory Actions" section, find lists of all affected products. 

U.S. Actions: Section 301 Tariffs, Section 232 Tariffs

Section 232 Tariffs on Steel & Aluminum

Effective June 1, 2018, additional tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent on steel and aluminum imports were imposed for almost all countries. The following products are covered by these proclamations. 

Countries and/or companies negatively impacted by these additional tariffs can petition for an exclusion. 

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Exclusion Request Forms

Official Documents

Section 232 Investigation of Automobiles & Auto Parts

The Department of Commerce announced May 23, 2018 its self-initiation of an investigation under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine whether imports of automobiles (including SUVs, vans, and light trucks) and auto parts are harming U.S. national security. 

If the DOC finds that excessive automobile and auto parts imports are a threat to U.S. national security, and the president concurs, the president has the authority to adjust imports, including through the use of tariffs and quotas.

The results of the investigation were submitted to President Trump on February 17, 2019. However, neither those results nor the DOC's recommendations have yet been made public. The president now has up to 90 days to decide whether to take action on the case. Any resultant actions would be imposed within 15 days of the president's determination to act. 

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Dates & Deadlines

Public comments due June 29, 2018
Rebuttal comments due July 13, 2018
Public hearing in Washington, D.C. July 19, 2018
 DOC submits results to President Trump February 17, 2018 

Section 232 Investigation of Uranium

The Department of Commerce announced July 18, 2018 its self-initiation of an investigation under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine whether the present quantity and circumstances of uranium ore and product imports threaten to impair U.S. national security.

If the DOC (which must consult with the Department of Defense) concludes that uranium products are being imported in such quantities or under such circumstances as to threaten to impair U.S. national security, and the president concurs (a decision he would have up to 90 days after the DOC’s report to make), the president would have broad authority to adjust imports, including through the use of tariffs and quotas. The DOC has up to 270 days to conclude its investigation and any resultant actions would be imposed within 15 days of the president’s determination to act.

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Dates & Deadlines

Public comments due

September 25, 2018
(Previously September 10)

Official documents


Section 301 Tariffs on China

A Section 301 investigation determined that China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are unreasonable and discriminatory. 

Section 301 Tariff: List 1
List 1 products, with a total import value of $34 billion, were subject to an additional 25 percent tariff as of July 6, 2018. The deadline for requesting exclusions from this increase was Oct. 9, 2018. Any exclusions granted are retroactive to July 6, 2018, and remain in place for one year after the exclusion determination is published in the Federal Register. Click here to view exclusions. 

Section 301 Tariff: List 2
List 2 products, with a total import value of $16 billion, were subject to an additional 25 percent tariff as of Aug. 23, 2018. The deadline for requesting exclusions from this increase was December 18, 2018. 

Section 301 Tariff: List 3
List 3 products, with a total import value of $200 billion, were subject to an additional 10 percent tariff as of September 24, 2018. That tariff had been scheduled to rise to 25 percent as of January 1, 2019, but on December 1 the U.S. agreed not to impose that increase “at this time.” The 10 percent tariff was then scheduled to increase to 25 percent on March 2, 2019 if the U.S. and China did not conclude an agreement.

However, on February 24th, 2019, President Trump tweeted that he would delay the increase, citing "substantial progress" in trade talks. This was formalized in a February 28th, 2019 Federal Register notice stating that the Section 301 additional tariff on the so-called List 3 products will remain at ten percent "until further notice". 

On February 15th, 2019, Congress directed an exclusion process for List 3 products. USTR will report to Congress on the nature and timing of the exclusion process no later than March 17, 2019. See this article for actions affected companies may take before details of the exclusion process are released.

Section 301 Tariff: List 4 (threatened)
The Trump administration announced Sept. 17, 2018, that if China “takes retaliatory action against our farmers or other industries” it will initiate a process aimed at increasing tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of goods from China. No specific list of goods that would be subject to this increase has yet been made available.

Product Lists

Latest News

Exclusion Request Form

Official Documents

List 3 

List 2 

List 1 

Other

Dates & Deadlines

List 1 

Date

25% duty effective on List 1 items July 6, 2018
Deadline to request exclusions October 9. 2018



List 2

Date

Comments on specific subheadings due July 23, 2018
Deadline to request to appear at hearing June 29, 2018
Pre-hearing submissions due June 29, 2018
Hearing on List 2 products July 24, 2018
Post-hearing rebuttal comments due

July 31, 2018

25% duty effective on List 2 products

August 23, 2018

Deadline to request exclusions

December 18, 2018



List 3

Date

Deadline for filing requests to appear at hearing and summary of expected testimony

August 13, 2018
(previously July 27, 2018)

Hearing on List 3 products August 20 - 27, 2018
(extended from August 20 - 23)
Post-hearing rebuttal comments due September 6, 2018
(previously August 30, 2018)
Due date for submission of written comments

September 6, 2018
(previously August 17, 2018)

10% duty effective on List 3 products

September 24, 2018

25% duty effective on List 3 products

TBD
(previously January 1, 2019 & March 2, 2019)

USTR reports the nature & timing of exclusion process to Congress

March 17, 2019

Exclusion process begins

TBD

Deadline to request exclusions

TBD


GSP Eligibility Termination of India & Turkey

President Trump announced March 4, 2019 his intent to terminate the eligibility of India and Turkey as beneficiary developing countries under the Generalized System of Preferences. These changes may not take effect until at least May 3 and will be enacted by a presidential proclamation. Once that proclamation takes effect, thousands of products imported from these two countries will no longer be eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP.

India is being terminated from GSP because it has not assured the U.S. that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets. However, Trump said he will continue to assess this factor, suggesting that a reinstatement is possible if sufficient progress is met.

Turkey is being terminated based on its level of economic development, the president added, as evidenced by its increases in gross national product per capita, declining poverty rates, and export diversification since being named a GSP beneficiary in 1975. As a result, there appears to be little to no possibility of a reinstatement.

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Retaliatory Actions

The U.S. faces retaliatory actions from China, the EU, India, Turkey, Russia, Canada and Mexico. Find affected products by viewing our Mega Matrix.

Click the list name below to view products by country along with tariff rates.

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Official Documents

Country / Region

Product List

Effective Date

China

232 Retaliation List

April 2, 2018

China

301 Retaliation List One
Released June 16, 2018

July 6, 2018

China

301 Retaliation List Two, Version 1
Released June 16, 2018

301 Retaliation List Two, Version 2
Released August 8, 2018

August 23, 2018

China

301 Retaliation List 3.1 - 10% Tariff

301 Retaliation List 3.2 - 10% Tariff

301 Retaliation List 3.3 - 5% Tariff

301 Retaliation List 3.4 - 5% Tariff


All Released August 3, 2018
Finalized September 17, 2018

September 24, 2018

EU

232 Retaliation List One

June 22, 2018

EU

232 Retaliation List Two

March 23, 2021

India

232 Retaliation List

April 1, 2019
(previously June 21, 2018, September 18, 2018, November 2, 2018, December 17, 2018 & March 2, 2019)

Turkey

232 Retaliation List
Certain Duties Doubled as of August 15, 2018

June 21, 2018

Canada

232 Retaliation List One

July 1, 2018
Note: Certain steel and aluminum goods will be eligible for relief from surtaxes. Learn more.

Canada

232 Retaliation List Two

July 1, 2018
Note: Certain steel and aluminum goods will be eligible for relief from surtaxes. Learn more.

Canada

232 Retaliation List Three

July 1, 2018
Note: Certain steel and aluminum goods will be eligible for relief from surtaxes. Learn more.

Mexico

232 Retaliation List One

June 5, 2018

Mexico

232 Retaliation List Two

June 5, 2018 - January 21, 2019

Russia

232 Retaliation List

August 5, 2018

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