USTR’s Lists of U.S. imports from China subject to special tariffs

Lists of products imported from China to U.S. that are subject to special tariffs. A 4th list, covering about $300 billion of U.S. imports from   China was announced on May 9, 2019,  after China’s last-minute refusal of an agreement negotiated over several months. Modifications to the 4th list were announced on 08/13/2019. And modifications to all lists were announced on 08/23/2019.

Below are the four lists, according to the order they were announced

  • Stage 1—25% import tariff on 818 items of U.S. imports from China (final, about $34 billion worth of imports)

The first set contains 818 lines of the original 1,333 lines that were included on the proposed list published on April 6, 2018.  These lines cover approximately $34 billion worth of imports from China.  USTR has determined to impose an additional duty of 25 percent on these 818 product lines after having sought and received views from the public and advice from the appropriate trade advisory committees.  Customs and Border Protection will begin to collect the additional duties on July 6, 2018.
  • Stage 2—25% import tariff on 279 U.S. imports (final, about $16 billion worth of U.S. imports from China).

The second set contains 284 proposed tariff lines identified by the interagency Section 301 Committee as benefiting from Chinese industrial policies, including the “Made in China 2025” industrial policy.  These 284 lines cover approximately $16 billion worth of U.S. imports from China.
  • Stage 3—10% import tariff  on 24/9/2018, increasing to 25% on 1/1/2019 on 5,745 U.S. imports (final, about $200 billion of U.S. imports from China). Increase to 25% delayed until 1/3/2019 (Mar 1, 2019), … further delayed on 24/2/19 and suspended on Feb 27, 2019 “until further notice.” Then increased to 25% on May 10, 2019.”DATES: The rate of additional duty will increase to 25 percent with respect to products covered by the September 2018 action on May 10, 2019.”
    •  Stage 4 — up to 25% on a date to be decided (about $300 billion of U.S. imports from China)
modified on 8/13/2019
Stage 5, Aug 23, 2019

Increase to 30% of all items in Stages 1, 2, 3, effective 10/01/2019.

Increase to 15% of items in Stage 4, effective 09/01/2019 and 12/15/2019.

Washington, DC – “Today , China announced it will impose unjustified tariffs targeting U.S. products.  In response to China’s decision, and in order to achieve the objectives of the China Section 301 investigation, President Trump has instructed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to increase by 5% the tariffs on approximately $550 billion worth of Chinese imports.  For the 25% tariffs on approximately $250 billion worth of Chinese imports, USTR will begin the process of increasing the tariff rate to 30%, effective October 1 following a notice and comment period.  For the 10% tariffs on approximately $300 billion worth of Chinese imports that the President announced earlier this month, the tariffs will now be 15%, effective on the already scheduled dates for tariff increases on these imports.

“USTR will publish in the Federal Register as soon as possible additional details on today’s announcement.” 

Products in U.S. GSP System that are duty-free for “Beneficiary Developing Countries”

The list of products eligible for duty-free treatment when imported from GSP beneficiaries can be found here.
Posted: May 20, 2019. Updated: 08/13/2019, 08/23/2019.
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