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United States: Chinese imports subject to 10% additional tariffs

U.S. additional 10% customs tariffs, Chinese imports

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) this evening released a list of approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that will be subject to additional tariffs. The additional tariffs will be effective starting 24 September 2018, and initially will be imposed at a rate of 10%. However, beginning 1 January 2019, the rate of the additional tariffs will increase to 25%.


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Read the final tariff list that contains 5,745 full or partial lines of the original 6,031 tariff lines that were on a proposed list of Chinese imports announced in July 2018.  

  • Changes to the proposed list were made after USTR and the interagency "Section 301" committee sought and received comments over a six-week period and testimony during a six-day public hearing in August 2018. 
  • The final list reflects that 297 tariff lines were fully or partially removed from the original proposed list.
  • Included among the products removed from the proposed list are certain consumer electronics products such as smart watches and Bluetooth devices; certain chemical inputs for manufactured goods, textiles and agriculture; certain health and safety products such as bicycle helmets and child safety furniture such as car seats and playpens. 

A formal notice of the $200 billion tariff action will be published in the Federal Register.


In March 2018, the USTR released the findings of its Section 301 investigation that found China’s acts, policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation were unreasonable and discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce.

According to this evening's USTR release, after separate notice and comment proceedings, in June and August 2018, the USTR released two lists of Chinese imports, with a combined annual trade value of approximately $50 billion. In response to China's reaction, the president directed the U.S. Trade Representative to increase the level of trade covered by the additional duties in order to obtain elimination of "China’s unfair policies." 

The Trump Administration will continue to encourage China to allow for fair trade with the United States.

For more information on this topic 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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