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China Trade War Scorecard: Keeping Track of Tariffs

With round after round of tariffs on Chinese goods, announcements, removals, exclusions, delays, increases and, of course, tweets regarding all of the above, it can be easy to get lost on where, exactly, things stand with respect to Tariffs implemented under Section 301 of the Trade Act. Below we provide a brief overview and reference chart, complete with links to the relevant notices. We will update the chart as the U.S. government adds, removes, or changes the tariffs.

** Updated as of September 3, 2019 **

List 1

Date

On April 6, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative announced the imposition of a 25% tariff on $34 Billion worth of goods imported from China.
USTR proposed to increase List 1 tariffs to 30% effective October 1, 2019. Comments on this proposal are due by September 20, 2019.

Proposed Tariff Action

04/06/2018

25% duty effective on List 1 products
HTS Codes of List 1 products

06/20/2018

Closing date for exclusion requests

10/09/2018

Request for comments on the proposal to increase tariffs to 30% (84 FR 46212)

09/20/2019

Exclusion Requests Granted

Date

Batch No. 1 (83 FR 67463)

12/28/2018

Batch No. 2 (84 FR 11152)

03/25/2019

Batch No. 3 (84 FR 16310)

04/18/2019

Batch No. 4 (84 FR 21389)

05/14/2019

Batch No. 5 (84 FR 25895)

06/04/2019

Batch No. 6 (84 FR 32821)

07/08/2019

List 2

Date

On June 20, 2018, the USTR announced the imposition of a 25% tariff on $16 Billion worth of goods imported from China.
USTR proposed to increase List 2 tariffs to 30% effective October 1, 2019. Comments on this proposal are due by September 20, 2019.

Proposed Tariff Action

06/20/2018

25% duty effective on List 2 products
HTS Codes of List 2 products

08/16/2018

Closing date for exclusion requests

12/18/2018

Request for comments on the proposal to increase tariffs to 30% (84 FR 46212)

09/20/2019

Exclusion Requests Granted

Date

Batch No. 1 (84 FR 37381)

07/31/2019

List 3

Date

On September 21, 2018, the USTR announced the imposition of a 10% tariff on $200 Billion worth of goods imported from China. On May 9, 2019, those tariffs were raised to 25%.
USTR proposed to increase List 3 tariffs to 30% effective October 1, 2019. Comments on this proposal are due by September 20, 2019.

Proposed Tariff Action

07/17/2018

25% additional duty effective on List 3 products
HTS Codes for List 3 products (as amended)

05/09/2019

Closing date for exclusion requests
Exclusion Request Portal (and Guidance)

09/30/2019

Request for comments on the proposal to increase tariffs to 30% (84 FR 46212)

09/20/2019

Exclusion Requests Granted

Date

Batch No. 1 (84 FR 38717)

08/07/2019

List 4

Date

On May 17, 2019, the USTR announced the imposition of a 10 % additional tariff on $300 Billion worth of goods imported from China. On August 14, 2019, the goods on List 4 have been separated into List 4A and List 4B, with two different effective tariff imposition dates. So far, no dates or process for List 4 exclusion requests have been announced.
On August 28, 2019, those tariffs were raised to 15%.

Announcement

08/13/2019

15% additional duty effective on List 4A products

09/01/2019

15% additional duty effective on List 4B products

12/15/2019


Co-authored by Julien Blanquart, an intern at Sheppard Mullin.

Copyright © 2019, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

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