USTR Proposes An Additional 10 Percent Ad Valorem Duty On Products Of China
July 11, 2018
The U.S. Trade Representative is requesting comments and providing notice of a public hearing on its proposal for an additional 10 percent tariff on approximately $200 billion worth of imports. Anyone wishing to testify for or against the inclusion of an item on the list must file by July 27, with written comments due by August 17. The USTR will hold hearings on August 20-23 and a decision on tariffs should be made sometime after August 30.
The USTR notice, posted after close of business July 10, indicates that the tariffs are being proposed because China has not acquiesced to U.S. demands after initial Section 301 tariffs set at 25 percent on $34 billion in Chinese goods. Full details are in the notice, which lists the proposed targets by 8-digit subheadings of the HTSUS, including food, chemicals, pesticides, minerals, fabrics, construction materials, handbags, luggage, car parts, appliances, machines, televisions, items made from steel and aluminum, batteries, semiconductor assemblies, furniture and more.