USTR Announces Next Steps on Proposed 10 Percent Tariff on Imports from China

Posted by Matt Schmitt on 8/13/19 5:00 PM

On August 13, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a press release announcing the next steps on the proposed additional 10% tariffs on imports from China on approximately $300 billion in trade value. This list was originally published on May 17, 2019.

According to the press release, certain products have been removed from the initial list “based on health, safety, national security and other factors”.

The press release contains links to two lists:

  • List 4A (Effective September 1, 2019), and
  • List 4B (Effective December 15, 2019).

The two lists are based on HTS subheadings to the 8-digit level, and many general product categories appear on both lists; for example: watches under 9101.11.40 will be subject to the additional tariff beginning September 1, and watches under 9101.91.40 will be subject to the additional tariff beginning December 15.

The USTR plans to include an exclusion process for products subject to the additional tariff. The USTR will publish a Federal Register Notice once more details become available.


The USTR press release may be found here, which includes links to the two lists of tariffs:

Topics: China, USTR, Tariffs, Trade Remedies

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