14 Aug 2019
U.S. to Impose 10 Percent Tariff on List 4 Products in Two Stages; Certain Goods Exempted
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced that the additional 10 percent tariff that the United States had been expected to impose as of 1 September on virtually all of the remaining US$300 billion worth of goods imported from mainland China that are not already subject to Section 301 tariffs (List 4 goods) will be applied in two stages and that certain products will be exempted from the tariffs based on health, safety, national security and other factors.
Specifically, a majority of the products included in the proposed List 4 will face an additional 10 percent duty come 1 September under a so-called List 4A. However, a very substantial number of tariff lines covering such products as cellular phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing have been included in a separate List 4B and will face the additional 10 percent duty on 15 December. President Trump indicated that the tariff delay for these products was motivated by the forthcoming Christmas shopping season, “just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. consumers.”
Moreover, a total of 25 tariff lines covering such products as Bibles, child safety seats, cranes and shipping containers have been removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security, and other factors. A list of these products is available here.
Finally, USTR has announced that it intends to conduct a product exclusion process for List 4 products.