On April 3, 2018, under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) announced a proposed list of approximately 1,300 tariff lines subject to additional 25% tariff. These additional tariffs were as a result of an investigation into “China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of U.S. technology and intellectual property.”
After this proposed list underwent extensive public comment, on June 15, 2018, the USTR: (1) Removed 515 product lines from the initial proposed list (2): Recommended adding 284 product lines to target products that benefit from China’s industrial policies; and (3) Maintained 818 products lines from the initial proposed list unchanged.
With respect to the 818 products, the list of affected products may be found here. The 25% additional tariff will come into effect on July 6, 2018.
On August 12, 2018, the USTR finalized the second tranche of tariffs on Chinese products in response to China’s unfair trade practices. The list contains 279 of the original 284 tariff lines that were on a proposed list announced on June 15 which may be found here. The 25% additional tariff will come into effect on August 23, 2018.
Individual companies and trade associations may submit requests for exclusions. A request can only address one product(i.e. multiple requests would be submitted for each product). The request must include the following information:
In addition, each exclusion request “should address” the following factors:
See the exclusion form here:
*We will update this blog post based on further tariffs.
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