President Trump announces additional 10% duties on China List 4 Products

Posted on Aug 15

UPDATE 08/15/2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has just released the draft of the upcoming Federal Register notice detailing China Lists 4A and 4B. The formal notice in the Federal Register should appear as soon as tomorrow. The draft notice can be found here.

Important to note is that the imposition of the additional duties will be based on the date the cargo arrives in to the United States, and not the date of export as in the past. This notice verifies that there will be no “grace period” for goods on the water or exported prior to the stated dates. The additional duty is due if the goods are entered into the U.S. on or after September 1, 2019 or December 15, 2019 respectively.

Accordingly, List 4A products will have an additional tariff of 10% effective for merchandise entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after September 1, 2019.

Likewise, List 4B products will have an additional tariff of 10% effective for merchandise entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after December 15, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact your V. Alexander account team.

***********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************UPDATE 08/13/2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative advised that it will delay the tariffs scheduled to go into effect September 1 for some Chinese-made goods like cellphones, laptop computers, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing to December 15.

USTR just published List 4(b) with the articles exempt from the September 1 increase.

For other goods the 10% tariffs are still scheduled to go into effect September 1.

These goods are listed in List 4(a) that was just published by USTR.

Other items are scheduled to be removed from the list of affected goods based “on health, safety, national security and other factors.”

We will advise further details when they are available.

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UPDATE 08/01/2019

In our previous update on July 1, we advised that the additional China List 4 duties had been temporarily postponed.

Today, President Donald Trump said that the U.S. is putting 10% tariffs on that $300 billion worth of Chinese goods (List 4), effective September 1, 2019.

“Trade talks are continuing, and during the talks the U.S. will start, on September 1st, putting a small additional Tariff of 10% on the remaining 300 Billion Dollars of goods and products coming from China into our Country…We look forward to continuing our positive dialogue with China on a comprehensive Trade Deal, and feel that the future between our two countries will be a very bright one!” Trump said in a tweet on Thursday.

The surprise tariff announcement came after the U.S. and China restarted trade talks in Shanghai this week, the first in-person trade talks since a G-20 truce. The White House said on Wednesday before this Trump tweet the meetings were “constructive,” adding that China confirmed their commitment to increase purchases of U.S. agricultural exports. Trade negotiations will continue in Washington in early September, according to the White House statement.

V. Alexander will continue to monitor this changing situation and issue updates accordingly.

Please contact your V. Alexander account team for any additional information.