USTR announces tariff exclusions and delays for certain Chinese imports

USTR announces tariff exclusions and delays for certain Chinese imports

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The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has just announced that certain products will be excluded from the additional 10% tariff on about US$300 billion of Chinese imports set to take effect on September 1.

In a press release August 13, USTR said that on May 17, 2019, it published a list of products imported from China that would be potentially subject to an additional 10% tariff.  This new tariff will go into effect on September 1 as announced by President Donald Trump on August 1. 

“Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent,” said the USTR.

The USTR also noted that the additional tariff on certain products including cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors and certain items of footwear and clothing will be delayed until December 15.

An exclusion process for products that remain subject to the additional tariff will be conducted, said USTR.

Below are links to the lists of products on which the tariff will be imposed on September 1 and the list of products on which it will be imposed on December 15.

USTR List 4A (Effective September 1, 2019)
USTR List 4B (Effective December 15, 2019)

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