Earlier this summer it was announced that effective July 6, 2018, 25% duties were being imposed on more than 800 products from China. This is the result of an investigation undertaken by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The agency found that the Chinese government’s actions, policies, and practices were found to be actionable under the above Trade Act.

Since the initial list was announced, public hearings occured with the USTR. These public hearing resulted in some additional exemptions. You can view the full list here.

What commodities are impacted?
The list is extensive and includes more that 800 products. Impacted chapters include: 28, 40, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, and 90. Please refer to the comprehensive list posted.

Are any other countries included besides China?
The duties currently only apply to products made in China. Hong Kong is exempted. It’s important to understand that duties are imposed on the country on origin, not export.

What products are excluded?
You can view the changelog here based on the public hearings.

Are items entered under Section 321 excluded from these duties?

Yes, if the merchandise meets both of the standards below, it is exempt from Section 301 duties.

  1. entered under Section 321 (shipments entering the U.S. who’s value is within the de minimis range, under $800)
  2. not subject to Anti Dumping and Countervailing

Where can I find more information?
For additional information visit the U.S. Trade Representative’s website (Link: https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/september/ustr-finalizes-tariffs-200 )

As always, please contact our International Help Desk at (800) 827-7987 for assistance and questions regarding this update. We will update you with more information as it becomes available.