USTR FINALIZES SECOND LIST OF TARIFFS ON CHINESE PRODUCTS

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

USTR  FINALIZES SECOND LIST OF TARIFFS ON CHINESE PRODUCTS

COLLECTION TO BEGIN AUGUST 23, 2018

The  Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of approximately $16 billion worth of imports from China that will be subject to a 25 percent additional tariff beginning August 23.  This second list of additional tariffs under Section 301 follows the first list of tariffs on approximately $34 billion of imports from China, which went into effect on July 6.

The list contains 279 of the original 284 tariff lines that were on a proposed list announced on June 15.  Changes to the proposed list were made after USTR and the interagency Section 301 Committee sought and received written comments and testimony during a two-day public hearing last month. 

The five tariff lines removed from the original List 2 are as follows:

Tariff Line Product Description
3913.10.00 Alginic acid, and its salts and esters, in primary forms
8465.96.00 Splitting, slicing or paring machines for working wood, cork, bone, hard rubber, hard plastics or similar hard materials
8609.00.00 Containers (including containers for transport of fluids) specially designed and equipped for carriage by one or more modes of transport
8905.90.10 Floating docks
9027.90.20 Microtomes
   

 

The USTR published a notice in the Federal Register  that officially extended the public comment period for the third list of Chinese products from August 17 to September 6.   The third list of Chinese products covers 6,031 HTSUS provisions valued at $200 billion.  The notice provides the following dates and deadlines:

 

 

 

 

 

August 13, 2018:

The due date for filing requests to appear and a summary of expected testimony at the public hearing and for filing pre-hearing submissions is extended from July 27 to August 13, 2018.

September 6, 2018:

The due date for submission of written comments is extended from August 17 to September 6, 2018.

August 20-23, 2018:

The scheduled start date of the Section 301 hearing (August 20) has not changed. The Section 301 Committee may extend the length of the hearing depending on the number of additional interested persons who request to appear. The Section 301 Committee will convene the public hearing in the main hearing room of the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436 beginning at 9:30 a.m. on August 20, 2018.

September 6, 2018:

The due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments is extended from August 30 to September 6, 2018.

The President has asked the USTR to consider raising the rate of the additional duties for this third round of products from 10% to 25%.  The USTR notice states:

The possible increase in the proposed rates of the additional duty is intended to provide the Administration with additional options to obtain the elimination of the [Chinese] acts, policies, and practices covered in the investigation.

This notice indicates that the change from 10% to 25% is still a proposal, and has not been formally adopted at this time.