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Comments requested on 25% customs duty on imports from China

25% customs duty on imports from China

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today released for publication in the Federal Register a notice of action and request for public comment concerning proposed action on the “section 301” investigation of China’s policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property (IP), and innovation.

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The USTR on 15 June 2018 issued a list of products that will be subject to additional 25% tariffs on imports from China. Read TradeNewsFlash

 

Today’s USTR notice [PDF 2.3 MB] sets out a schedule of dates for the tariffs.

  • The effective date of the tariffs—6 July 2018
  • A public hearing on the tariffs scheduled for 24 July 2018, with requests to appear at that hearing due 29 June 2018; written comments due 23 July 2018; and post-hearing rebuttal comments due 31 July 2018

More tariff actions?

Following the U.S. announcement on 15 June 2018 of the imposition of the 25% tariffs on imports from China, the Chinese government announced the imposition of an additional customs duty or tariff at a rate of 25% being imposed on 659 products imported from the United States, with imposition of the new tariff on certain imports to be effective 6 July 2018. Read TradeNewsFlash

In response, the USTR on 18 July 2018 issued a release in support of the president’s direction to identify $200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional 10% tariffs to address China’s "harmful trade policies and practices." According to that USTR release, concerning the additional 10% tariffs being proposed, there will be a similar legal process as was provided for the tariffs scheduled to take effect on 6 July 2018. The USTR release states that no additional tariffs will go into effect until the legal process is complete.

 

For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 | dzuvich@kpmg.com

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 | asiciliano@kpmg.com

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