Further to previous communication on May 29, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) office has announced a first set of Chinese products that will be subject to additional 25% tariffs (duties) for imports into the U.S. effective July 6th, 2018. A complete list (List 1) of affected products is available here and covers 818 HTS codes representing an initial $34 billion of imported goods.
A second list of goods proposed for additional duties has also been released. That list (List 2) is available here and covers another 284 HTS lines representing a further $16 billion in imported Chinese products. Products on the second list may be subject to additional duties only after a further comment period and determination by the USTR. Details will follow from the USTR.
The USTR will also communicate a process and criteria by which U.S. importers can request relief from these additional duties. A Federal Register notice will be issued by the USTR with additional information.
Related information will be provided as available.
U.S. importers are encouraged to review their previous import transactions to determine the impact and scale of this action on their trade programs. Specifically, applicable products from China and/or any assigned Harmonized Tariff System (HS) codes within the scope of this action should be reviewed carefully prior to the effective date of this action.
Please contact your local Delmar International representative or our North American Customs Advisory Services Group for additional information and assistance.