Section 301 Tariffs on Products Imported from China Effective July 6, 2018

Effective July 6, 2018 over 800 products imported from China will have the additional 25% tariff. As previously reported, these tariffs are being imposed on certain Chinese goods after a Section 301 investigation concluded that China’s policies towards American companies was discriminatory.

Initially, the proposed list consisted of approximately 1300 products but has since been separated into two. The first list of 818 products will be affected by the July 6 date and is largely comprised of articles in the chapters 84, 85, 87, 88 and 90 of the HTSUS, covering items such as engines and motors; construction, drilling, and agricultural machinery; machines for working minerals, glass, rubber, or plastic; rail locomotives and rolling stock; motor vehicles and motorcycles; helicopters and airplanes; and testing, measuring, and diagnostic instruments and devices. It is critical that you review the list of items to see whether or not your products will be affected and to plan accordingly. If you are unsure, please contact your local C J representative.

The second list has a total of 284 HTSUS tariff items and are not currently part of this additional 25% tariff increase but may very well be once the Trump administration completes a public notice and comment period. Importers will be able to request exclusions but the criteria for those exclusions has not been announced at this time.

The currently unaffected 284 tariff items fall mostly in Chapters 84, 85, 97, 90 with some others in chapters 27, 34, 38, 39, 70, 73, 76 and 89. These goods include plastics and plastic products; industrial machinery; machinery for working stone, ceramics, concrete, wood, hard rubber or plastic, and glass; cargo containers; tractors; and optical fibers.

Again, please look at the lists provided carefully and immediately since the July 6 deadline is fast approaching. Contact us if you have any questions.

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