Section 301 List 4 China – Updates by USTR

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced updates regarding Section 301 duties of 10 percent for List 4 Chinese origin products, originally proclaimed as a presidential tweet.

This USTR announcement on Tranche 4 tariffs on U.S. Imports from China involved three elements; removal of some articles from the original Tranche 4 proposal and a 10 percent tariff starting September 1 or December 15, 2019.

Updates include:

  • The removal from Section 301 List 4 for certain products, based on health, safety, national security, and other factors.
  • Identification of products found on List 4A, where Section 301 duties will go into effect on September 1, 2019.
  • A delay until December 15, 2019, for certain articles appearing in List 4B, as a result of public comment and hearings. This includes such products as cell phones; laptops; computer monitors; video game consoles; and certain toys, footwear, and clothing.
  • An exclusion process will be initiated, with further details on the exclusion process to be published in the Federal Register.

Please see our previous Trade News article:  List 4 of Section 301 to go Into Effect September 1, 2019

Section 301 additional duties apply to certain Chinese origin product, and were initiated due to China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation, which threaten the long-term competitiveness of the U.S.

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