USTR Releases Notice Announcing the Plan to Increase China Import Duties

May 9, 2019 – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released an official notice regarding its plan to increase from 10% to 25% existing duties on $200 billion worth of imports from China (List 3). The official notice of the Federal Register can be viewed here. The list of products (List 3) that are impacted by this increase can be viewed here. A version of the List 3 with product descriptions can be viewed here

According to the USTR notice, this increase if import duties will begin at 12:01 am EDT, Friday, May 10. Additionally, the USTR has noted it will be establishing a process that allows companies to seek exclusions for products from List 3. Details of this exclusion process will be forthcoming.

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry has reported, President Trump has also threatened to apply 25% duties to the remaining amount of Chinese imports, known as List 4. The Federal Register does not make mention of tariffs on additional products beyond List 3. Furthermore, if USTR does proceed to announce such release, a public comment and hearing process will take place.