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China: New tariffs proposed on imports from the United States

China: Tariffs on imports from the United States

China’s Ministry of Commerce on 24 March 2018 announced that it intends to impose tariffs on certain products imported from the United States, in response to the U.S. section 232 tariff measures being imposed on steel and aluminum products imported into the United States.


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According to a Ministry of Commerce release (English), China intends to impose tariffs on 128 products across seven categories. 

  • The first part covers a total of 120 products, including fresh fruits, dried fruits and nut products; wines; modified ethanol; American ginseng; and seamless steel pipes. These imports are expected to be subject to a 15% tariff. 
  • A second part covers a total of eight products, including pork and pork products, recycled aluminum, and other products, with a proposed tariff of 25%.

A notice for public comments (Chinese) contains the product list by product code.


Separately, the U.S. president issued an order directing the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare a list of goods imported from China that will be subject to tariffs. The proposed tariffs will total approximately $50 billion, and would address China’s policies concerning technology transfers and intellectual property. Read TaxNewsFlash


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 |

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 |

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