On August 1st, 2019, the U.S. Administration announced its intent to assess a new 10% Section 301 tariff (duty) covering an additional $300 billion of Chinese imports effective September 1, 2019. The announcement essentially included all remaining Chinese imports (‘List 4’) not already subject to 301 tariffs. Today, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) provided an update to this planned action.
The USTR adjusted and split List 4 products into two separate lists (4A and 4B) with different effective dates. Chinese products on List 4A will continue to attract a 10% tariff effective September 1, 2019. Chinese products on List 4B will be subject to the same tariff but with a new effective date of December 15, 2019. It is not yet known if the effective dates will be applied to the export date of goods, entry date of the goods, or a combination of both.
List 4B includes most remaining consumer goods including electronics, kitchen appliances, footwear and some clothing. List 4A includes fewer consumer products but a higher number of industrial, component and agricultural imports.
The USTR indicated products on either list may be further adjusted based on feedback it has received through public hearings and other channels. In its statement, it said that it would also seek to exclude certain products for health, safety and national security reasons.
A Federal Register notice and formal process by which importers may request specific List 4 product exemptions will be published by the USTR in the future – as it has done for the three previous sets of Chinese products currently being assessed 301 tariffs.
Presently, almost $250 billion of Chinese imports (Lists 1 through 3) to the U.S. are subject to a 25 percent Section 301 tariff.
Updated U.S. Section 301 information will be provided as it is made available. Given the very wide range of products included in this tariff announcement, importers are encouraged to carefully review both lists and determine the specific impact to their import program.
Please contact your local Delmar Representative or email our U.S. Customs Advisory Services Group for additional information and assistance.