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UPDATED: 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.

** This is an update to our August 19, 2019 post. **

Almost two years into the trade war, the United States and China have reached a preliminary agreement. On January 15, 2020, the United States Trade Representative published that agreement. The agreement includes provisions on intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, currency, and expanding trade.

Per that agreement, the USTR will reduce duties on List 4A, which is roughly $120 billion worth of Chinese goods, from 15 to 7.5 percent effective on February 14, 2020.

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
Batch No. 7 (84 FR 49564) 09/20/2019
Batch No. 8 (84 FR 52567) 10/02/2019
Batch No. 9 and Amendments to 07/09/2019 and 09/20/2019 Exclusions (84 FR 69016) 12/17/2019

 

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
Batch No. 2 (84 FR 49600) 09/20/2019
Batch No. 3 (84 FR 52553)  10/02/2019
Amendments to 09/20/2019 Exclusions (84 FR 69011)  12/17/2019
   

 

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
Batch No. 2 (84 FR 49591) 09/20/2019
Batch No. 3 (84 FR 57803) 10/28/2019
Batch No. 4 (84 FR 61674) 11/13/2019
Batch No. 5 (84 FR 65882) 11/29/2019
Batch No. 6 (84 FR 69012) 12/17/2019
Batch No. 7 (85 FR 549) 01/06/2019

 

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.
On August 28, 2019, those tariffs were raised to 15%.
Announcement 08/13/2019
10% additional duty effective on List 4A products 09/01/2019
10% additional duty on List 4A increased to 15% 12/15/2019
15% additional duty reduced to 7.5% effective on List 4A 02/14/2020
15% additional duty effective on List 4B products postponed 12/13/2019
Closing date for exclusion requests 01/31/2020

CoAuthored by Julien Blanquart

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