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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

10% Tariffs on Chinese List 4 Goods Will Take Effect on September 1st with Delayed Implementation for Certain Electronics, Apparel and Footwear

On August 13th, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the imposition of an additional 10% tariff on certain Chinese-origin exports to the United States valued at roughly $300 billion (the “List 4 Goods”) as part of the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China. Previously, on May 17th, USTR published a proposed list of goods on which the 10% tariff would be assessed. The new tariffs, combined with the existing Section 301 tariffs, will cover virtually all Chinese-origin products exported to the United States.

The new tariff on List 4 Goods will take effect on September 1st; however, the USTR has determined that the tariff will be delayed for a few items, such as cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain apparel and footwear items—the 10% tariff on those items will take effect on December 15th. In addition, certain products were removed from the original proposed list based on health, safety, national security and other reasons.

The List 4 Goods that will be subject to the tariff beginning on September 1st (i.e., the “List 4A Goods”) can be found on USTR’s website at:
https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/List_4A_%28Effective_September_1%2C_2019%29.pdf.

The List 4 Goods that will be subject to the tariff on December 15th (i.e., the “List 4B Goods”) can be found on at:
https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/List_4B_%28Effective_December_15%2C_2019%29.pdf.

Similar to the process established for the goods in Lists 1 – 3, USTR also intends to roll out a product exclusion request process for the List 4 Goods, and will publish additional details in the Federal Register in the near future.

If you have any questions relating to the Section 301 tariffs on China or other international trade issues, please contact Miller Proctor Law PLLC (https://millerproctorlaw.com ).

 

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