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China: New “retaliatory” customs tariffs on U.S. imports

China: New customs tariffs on U.S. imports

China’s Tariff Commission this week announced new customs tariffs will be imposed on $60 billion worth of imports from the United States, beginning 24 September 2018.


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The new additional customs tariffs and lists of affected U.S. imports are provided in Announcement No. 8 (Chinese language only).

This action by China’s government followed a notice earlier this week from the U.S. Trade Representative that approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports will be subject to additional tariffs, with the initial imposition of the additional tariff at a rate of 10% (effective starting 24 September 2018). Read TradeNewsFlash

China’s reaction

China had previously announced that additional customs duty tariffs—at rates of 5%, 10%, 20% and 25%—would be imposed on numerous products imported into China from the United States. Read TradeNewsFlash

With this week’s issuance of Announcement No. 8, China’s Tariff Commission provided a detailed list of U.S. imports and products subject to the new additional customs tariffs.

  • The lists of U.S. imports that will be subject to an additional 10% customs tariff are those subject to the additional customs duty rates of 25% or 20% (2,493 and 1,078 imports, respectively). 
  • The list of U.S. imports that will be subject to the additional 5% customs tariff are those subject to the additional customs duty rates of 10% and 5% (974 and 662 imports, respectively).  

For the time being, the policy and interpretation of import tax collection has not been changed with the most recently released announcement.


For more information, contact a KPMG trade and customs professional in China:

Rachel Tao | +86 21 2212 3473 | 

Or to learn more about KPMG’s Trade & Customs Services, contact:

Doug Zuvich
Partner, Global Practice Leader
T: 312-665-1022

Andy Siciliano
Partner, National Practice Leader
T: 631-425-6057

Irina Vaysfeld
T: 212-872-2973

Robert Waldrop
T: 212-954-8117 

Christopher Young
T: 312-665-3229

George Zaharatos
T: 404-222-3292

John L. McLoughlin
Principal, East Coast Leader
T: 267-256-2614

Luis (Lou) Abad
Principal, WNT
T: 212-954-3094

Amie Ahanchian
Managing Director
T: 202-533-3247

Gisele Belotto
Managing Director
T: 305-913-2779

Andy Doornaert
Managing Director
T: 313-230-3080

Jessica Libby
Managing Director
T: 612-305-5533

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