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U.S. proposed additional 25% tariffs on $300 billion imports from China

Proposed additional 25% tariffs on imports from China

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released for publication in the Federal Register a notice and request for comments concerning a proposal to impose an additional customs duty of up to 25% on imports from China pursuant to the action under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.


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Previously, the United States imposed an additional 25% of customs duty on products of China with an annual trade value of approximately $250 billion, imposed in three tranches: (1) tranche 1 covered 818 tariff subheadings, with an approximate annual trade value of $34 billion; (2) tranche 2 covered 279 tariff subheadings, with an approximate annual trade value of $16 billion; and (3) tranche 3 covered 5733 tariff subheadings, with an approximate annual trade value of $200 billion.

Today’s USTR notice [PDF 1 MB] (142 pages) would impose an additional 25% of customs duty on 3,805 full and partial tariff subheadings for items on a product list that:

  • Has an approximate annual trade value of $300 billion
  • Covers essentially all products not currently covered by prior customs action in the three tranches
  • Excludes pharmaceuticals, certain pharmaceutical inputs, select medical goods, rare earth materials, and “critical minerals”

Product exclusions granted by the USTR in the prior tranches will not be affected.

An annex to today’s USTR notice includes the identified products according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading.

Request for comments, hearing

The USTR notice includes a request for comments from interested persons with respect to the proposed action to be taken in the investigation. Written comments must be submitted by June 17, 2019. A public hearing is scheduled for June 17, 2019. Requests to appear at the hearing must be submitted by June 10, 2019.


For more information on this topic or to learn more about KPMG’s Trade & Customs Services, contact:

Doug Zuvich
Partner and Global Practice Leader
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John L. McLoughlin
Principal and East Coast Leader
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Andy Siciliano
Partner and National Practice Leader
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Luis (Lou) Abad
Principal, Washington National Tax
T: 212-954-3094

Irina Vaysfeld
T: 212-872-2973

Amie Ahanchian
Managing Director
T: 202-533-3247

Robert Waldrop
T: 212-954-8117

Gisele Belotto
Managing Director
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Christopher Young
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Andy Doornaert
Managing Director
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George Zaharatos
T: 404-222-3292

Jessica Libby
Managing Director
T: 612-305-5533

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