Background

As of Aug. 23 U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin collecting an additional 25 percent tariff on another $16 billion worth of imports from China. The list of affected goods (available here) contains 279 tariff lines, many of which are classified in HTSUS chapters 39, 84, and 85, although some goods in chapters 27, 34, 38, 70, 73, 76, 86, 87, 89, and 90 are also included. Also as of Aug. 23 China will impose retaliatory tariffs on $16 billion worth of U.S. exports spanning 333 tariff lines.

The U.S. has now imposed an additional 25 percent duty on some $50 billion worth of imports from China after a Section 301 investigation determined that China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation are unreasonable and discriminatory. A separate proposal currently under consideration (and which is the subject of an ongoing six days of hearings before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative) would establish an additional tariff of up to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of goods from China.

[Click here for ST&R’s web page providing comprehensive information on all U.S. tariffs imposed under Section 301 and Section 232 as well as the retaliatory tariffs trading partners are levying on U.S. goods.]

Readers are also reminded that as of Aug. 23 the use of a provision allowing goods assembled abroad from U.S. components to avoid the additional tariff is being narrowed significantly. However, there are still ways affected companies can reduce or avoid this tariff. Click here for more information.

If you think your goods might be negatively impacted by this additional tariff, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 to review the lists and discuss options, alternatives, and actions that might be pursued to protect your interests.

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