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USTR Finalises Second Tranche of Additional Tariffs on Mainland Chinese Products

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has finalised a proposal to extend the 25 percent tariff that the United States imposed 6 July on US$34 billion worth of mainland Chinese goods to an additional US$16 billion worth of imports from the mainland. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin collecting additional duties on these products on 23 August.

The final list contains 279 of the original 284 tariff lines that were included in the June proposal, reflecting the removal of the following items:

  • HTSUS 3913.10.00 – alginic acid and its salts and esters in primary forms;
  • HTSUS 8465.96.00 – splitting, slicing or paring machines for working wood, cork, bone, hard rubber, hard plastics or similar hard materials;
  • HTSUS 8609.00.00 – containers (including containers for transport of fluids) specially designed and equipped for carriage by one or more modes of transport;
  • HTSUS 8905.90.10 – floating docks; and
  • HTSUS 9027.90.20 – microtomes.

Many of the products included in the final list are classified in Chapters 39, 84 and 85, but various products in Chapters 27, 34, 38, 70, 73, 76, 86, 87, 89 and 90 are also included. Changes to the list were made after USTR and the inter-agency Section 301 Committee sought and received input and testimony during a two-day public hearing last month.

Once this action enters into force, the United States will have imposed additional duties on some US$50 billion worth of imports from mainland China. In addition, a separate proposal currently under consideration would establish an additional 25 percent tariff on US$200 billion worth of goods from the mainland. Beijing has vowed to impose additional duties of its own on a tit-for-tat basis in retaliation for each of these actions.

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