China Section 301 Duties:
Understanding the Statutory Four-Year Review Period of the Tariffs
99 Section 301 (China)
COVID-Related Exclusions Extended!
November 11, 2021
On November 9, 2021 the USTR announced the extension of the 99 COVID-related exclusions. The first group of 18 HTS subheadings was set to expire on November 14, 2021 and has the expiration date extended until November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm. The second group of 81 HTS subheadings, which was set to expire on November 14, 2021, has been extended until May 31, 2022 at 11:59pm.
- HTS subheadings extended until 11/30/2021 (see product descriptions for specific language): 3401.30.5000; 3808.94.5050; 3808.94.5090; 3919.90.5060; 3926.20.9010; 4015.19.0510; 4015.19.0550; 4015.19.1010; 5603.12.0090; 6116.10.6500; 6307.90.6090; 6307.90.6800; 6307.90.9889; 6307.90.9845; 6307.90.9850; 6307.90.9870; 6307.90.9889; 6307.90.9845; 6307.90.9850; 6307.90.9870 or 6307.90.9875; 6307.90.9889; 6307.90.9890.
- HTS Subheadings extended until 05/31/2022 (see product descriptions for specific language) : 2805.11.0000; 3401.19.0000; 3401.30.5000; 3808.94.1000; 3808.94.5010; 3824.99.9297; 3917.29.0090; 3917.33.0000; 3920.10.0000; 3921.19.0000; 3921.90.1500; 3923.10.9000; 3923.21.0030; 3923.21.0095; 3923.50.0000; 3926.20.9050; 3926.90.9910; 3926.90.9990; 3926.90.9985; 4818.90.0000; 4818.90.0020; 4818.90.0080; 4819.50.4060; 5210.11.4040; 5210.11.6020; 5504.10.0000; 5603.12.0090; 5603.14.9090; 5603.92.0090; 5603.93.0090; 6210.10.5010; 6210.10.5090; 6307.90.7200; 6307.90.9889; 6307.90.9891; 6307.90.9889; 6307.90.9891; 6505.00.8015; 8413.20.0000; 8421.39.8090; 8424.89.9000; 8424.90.9080; 8531.20.0040; 8537.10.9170; 8543.10.0000; 9004.90.0000; 9011.80.0000; 9018.11.9000; 9018.12.0000; 9018.19.9550; 9018.19.9560; 9018.90.2000; 9018.90.3000; 9018.90.6000; 9018.90.7580; 9022.12.0000; 9022.90.2500; 9022.90.4000; 9022.90.6000; 9022.90.9500; 9025.19.8010; 9025.19.8020; 9025.19.8060; 9025.19.8085; 9027.90.5650.
These HTS subheadings are exempt under a new Chapter 99 designation of 9903.88.66, along with a new U.S. Note 20(sss)(i) through (sss)(iv) depending on which original list the HTS number was contained in: U.S. Note 20(sss)(i) is List 1; U.S. Note 20(sss)(ii) is List 2; U.S. Note 20(sss)(iii) is List 3 and U.S. Note 20(sss)(iv) is List 4A.
A complete listing of the status of the 99 COVID-related exclusions, the Section 301 duty rate and individual HTS U.S. Note 20 designations can be found here.
If you have questions about filing an exclusion request, seeking a refund of past duties paid under Sec. 301, and/or discussing Sec. 301 duty avoidance strategies, such as use of Country of Origin transference or use of “First Sale” valuation, contact email@example.com
The information in this article is general in nature and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to create an attorney-client relationship with respect to any event or occurrence and may not be considered as such.
Doing Business In & Trading with China
Proposed Section 301 Duties for Imports From Select Countries
April 1, 2021
On March 31st, 2021 in the Federal Register, the Office of the Federal Trade Representative (USTR) proposed new Section 301 duties in response to increased Digital Services Taxes (DSTs) enacted by the United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Spain, Turkey and India. The USTR is inviting comment from the import community on the proposed Section 301 duties of up to 25%. Comments are due by April 30, 2021.
The merchandise subject to the proposed Section 301 duties differs between each country of export. The proposed duties cover imports including various food stuffs, clothing, high tech merchandise and optics. Below are links to the individual Federal Register notices, which list the specific tariffs for merchandise imported from each country that the USTR proposes should be subject to the Section 301 duties.
If you have questions about filing a court action on the List 3 or List 4A exclusions, seeking a refund of past duties paid under Sec. 301, and/or discussing Sec. 301 duty avoidance strategies, such as use of country of origin transference or use of “First Sale” valuation, contact, Adrienne Braumiller, firstname.lastname@example.org
At this point, the majority of Section 301 exclusions have expired as of 12/31/2020. Importers who had previously utilized a List 3 exclusion likely began paying tariffs on January 1, 2021. However, there are some exclusions that are currently still in play:
- Certain List 1 exclusions that were extended one year (before December 31, 2020 became the general expiration date):
- Certain COVID-19 exclusions that are valid through March 31, 2021:
- https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/COVID_Extensions_December_2020.pdf https://www.tuttlelaw.com/newsletter_links/turkey_21.pdf
Section 301 China Exclusion Extensions Issued September and OctoberOctober 7, 2020 A. List 1 – $34 Billion Exclusions Extended B. List 2 – $16 Billion Exclusions Extended Exclusion List Updated as of October 7, 2020
A. List 1 – $34 Billion Exclusions Extended1. Exclusions Expired September 20, 2020 On September 22, 2020 the USTR (85 FR 59587) announced 62 extensions for exclusions originally ending on September 20, 2020. These product exclusion extensions will apply as of that date and extend through December 31, 2020. Importers, brokers and filers are advised to use HTS 9903.88.58 when entering merchandise. Merchandise that did not receive an exclusion will revert to Chapter 9903.88.01 at the 25% duty rate. Merchandise receiving the exclusion extensions include submersible centrifugal pumps, tabletop water fountains, animal feeding machinery, tool holders, AC motors, 4-wheeled off road vehicles, anesthesia masks, automatic thermostats and more.
2. Exclusions Expired October 2, 2020On October 5, 2020, the USTR (85 FR 62782) announced 9 extensions for exclusions originally ending on October 2, 2020. These product exclusion extensions will apply as of that date and extend through December 31, 2020. Importers, brokers and filers are advised to use HTS 9903.88.60 when entering merchandise. Merchandise that did not receive an exclusion will revert to Chapter 9903.88.01 at the 25% duty rate. Recent articles related to the filing of cases with the CIT regarding potential Section 301 refunds: Section 301 CIT Litigation: Current Status and What’s Next? October 8, 2020 By: Brandon French, Associate Attorney, BLG https://www.braumillerlaw.com/section-301-cit-litigation-current-status-and-whats-next/ To File or Not to File Protests? October 9, 2020 By: Adrienne Braumiller & Vicky Wu Braumiller Law Group George Tuttle III, Law Offices of George R. Tuttle https://www.braumillerlaw.com/to-file-or-not-to-file-protests/ Filing with the CIT Regarding the Section 301 Potential Tariff Refund October 8, 2020 By: Bob Brewer, Braumiller Law Group https://www.braumillerlaw.com/filing-with-the-cit-regarding-the-section-301-potential-tariff-refund/
Section 301 China – Exclusions
Extended & Short Deadline for Exclusions
Expiring May and June 2020
USTR Release New Exclusions for List 4A
On June 8, 2020 the USTR released a new FR Notice that provided additional approved exclusions for List 4A. These exclusions apply retroactive to September 2019, and will expire on September 1, 2020. The exclusions that were granted in this notice include two full 10-digit HTS code and 32 specially crafted provisions.
USTR Opens Process to Request Extension for Exclusions Granted in September 2019 (List 1)
On June 3, 2020, the USTR released a new FR Notice that provided instructions on submitting an extension request for List 1 exclusions that were granted in September 2019. The time period to submit a comment in support (or opposed) of extending an exclusion is June 8th to July 7th. Braumiller Law Group has extensive experience in submitting extension requests to the USTR and will be happy to assist you through this process.
USTR Opens Process to Request Extensions for Exclusions Granted for List 3 (Last Three Notices)
On June 3, 2020, the USTR released a new FR Notice that provided instructions on submitting an extension request for List 3 exclusions that fell on the last 3 Notices. These include exclusions from: 85 FR 23122 (April 24, 2020), 85 FR 27489 (May 8, 2020), and 85 FR 32094 (May 28, 2020). The time period to submit a comment in support (or opposed) of extending an exclusion is June 8th to July 7th. Braumiller Law Group has extensive experience in submitting extension requests to the USTR and will be happy to assist you through this process.
USTR Releases Notice of Extensions for Exclusions Expiring on May 14, 2020 (List 1)
On May 15, 2020, the USTR released the list of exclusions from the May 14th FR Notice that would be extended beyond the current deadline. These exclusions are now valid until December 31, 2020. The exclusions that were extended included two full 10-digit HTS codes, as well as eleven specifically crafted provisions.
USTR Releases New Exclusions for List 4A
On May 13, 2020 the USTR released a new FR Notice that provided additional approved exclusions for List 4A. These exclusions apply retroactive to September 2019, and will expire on September 1, 2020. The exclusions that were granted in this notice include three full 10-digit HTS code and 5 specially crafted provisions.
USTR Releases New Exclusions for List 3
On May 8, 2020 the USTR released a new FR Notice that provided additional approved exclusions for List 3. These exclusions apply retroactive to September 2018, and will expire on August 7, 2020. The exclusions that were granted in this notice include two full 10-digit HTS code and 144 specially crafted provisions.
USTR Opens Process to Request Extensions for Exclusions Granted on List 3 (First Eleven Notices)
On May 6, 2020, the USTR released a new FR Notice that provided instructions on submitting an extension request for List 3 exclusions that fell on the first 11 Notices. These include exclusions from: 84 FR 38717 (August 7, 2019), 84 FR 49591 (September 20, 2019), 84 FR 57803 (October 29, 2019), 84 FR 61674 (November 13, 2019), 84 FR 65882 (November 29, 2019), 84 FR 69012 (December 17, 2019), 85 FR 549 (January 6, 2020), 85 FR 6674 (February 5, 2020), 84 FR 9921 (February 20, 2020), 85 FR 15015 (March 16, 2020), and 85 FR 17158 (March 26, 2020). The time period to submit a comment in support (or opposed) of extending an exclusion is May 1st to June 8th. Braumiller Law Group has extensive experience in submitting extension requests to the USTR and will be happy to assist you through this process.
USTR Releases New Exclusions for List 3
On April 24, 2020 the USTR released a new FR Notice that provided additional approved exclusions for List 3. These exclusions apply retroactive to September 2018, and will expire on August 7, 2020. The exclusions that were granted in this notice include one full 10-digit HTS code and 107 specially crafted provisions.
USTR Opens Process to Request Exclusions for Products Directly Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
On March 25, 2020, the USTR released a new FR Notice that provided instructions on submitting an exclusion request for items directly related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Each comment must specifically identify the particular product of concern and explain how it relates to the response of the COVID-19 outbreak. If successful, a requestor would not be required to pay Section 301 tariffs on the medically-related product(s). The docket to submit a COVID-19 exclusion request is open until at least June 25, 2020. Braumiller Law Group has experience preparing COVID-19 exclusion requests. If your Company imports medically-related items, feel free to contact us for assistance.
April 10, 2020
April 2019 List 1 Exclusions Extended until 4/18/2021
On April 10, 2020 the USTR published in the Federal Register (85 FR 20333) eight LIST 1 items that were granted exclusion extensions to the Section 301 duties levied on goods. These extensions are effective for goods entered from July 6, 2018 and before April 18, 2021.
Below is a comprehensive list of the items along with their HTS numbers:
Heading / Subheading
|8420.10.9080||Product Specific||Roller machines designed for cutting, etching or embossing paper, foil or fabric, manually powered (described in statistical reporting number 8420.10.9080)||1|
|8425.39.0100||Product Specific||Ratchet winches designed for use with textile fabric strapping (described in statistical reporting number 8425.39.0100)||1|
|8431.20.0000||Product Specific||Counterweight castings of iron or steel designed for use on fork lift and other works trucks (described in statistical reporting number 8431.20.0000)||1|
|8431.20.0000||Product Specific||Tines, carriages, and other goods handling apparatus and parts designed for use on fork lift and other works trucks (described in statistical reporting number 8431.20.0000)||1|
|8479.90.9496||Product Specific||Reject doors, pin protectors, liners, front walls, grates, hammers, rotor and end disc caps, and anvil and breaker bars, of iron or steel, the foregoing parts of metal shredders (described in statistical reporting number 8479.90.9496)||1|
|8479.90.9496||Product Specific||Steering wheels designed for watercraft, of stainless steel, having a wheel diameter exceeding 27 cm but not exceeding 78 cm (described in statistical reporting number 8479.90.9496)||1|
|8481.90.9040||Product Specific||Pipe brackets of aluminum, each with 4 ports, the foregoing measuring 27.9 cm x 20.3 cm x 17.8 cm and weighing 11.34 kg, designed for installation into air brake control valves (described in statistical reporting number 8481.90.9040)||1|
|9030.33.3800||Product Specific||Instruments for measuring or checking voltage or electrical connections; electrical circuit tracers (described in statistical reporting number 9030.33.3800)||1|
Brokers, importers and other entry filers will continue to use HTS 9903.88.07 for the above exclusion.
Reminder in order to recover duties: If the entries are un-liquidated, a PSC needs to be filed; if the entries are liquidated, a protest needs to be filed within (180) days after the liquidation date to protect the right to receive a refund of duties paid.
Certain Tariffs will No Longer be Subject to an Exclusion Exemption on April 18, 2020
The following HTS numbers will be removed from the exclusion exemption on April 18. Brokers, importers and other filers will revert to for the following:
Heading / Subheading
|8413.19.0000||Product Specific||Pumps designed for countertop appliances for serving beer, the foregoing that control the level of carbonation by means of sonic waves (described in statistical reporting number 8413.19.0000)||1|
|8421.21.0000||Product Specific||Water oxidizers and chlorinators (described in statistical reporting number 8421.21.0000)||1|
|8428.33.0000||Product Specific||Continuous action elevators and conveyors, designed to convey mineral materials (described in statistical reporting number 8428.33.0000)||1|
|8466.93.9885||Product Specific||Parts of drill sharpening machines (described in statistical reporting number 8466.93.9885)||1|
|8479.90.9496||Product Specific||Outer shells of hydraulic accumulators, of iron or non-alloy steel, cylindrical with hemispherical heads on each end (described in statistical reporting number 8479.90.9496)||1|
|8479.90.9496||Product Specific||Parts of mechanical awnings and shades (described in statistical reporting number 8479.90.9496)||1|
|8481.10.0090||Product Specific||Pressure regulators of brass or bronze, whether high or low inlet type, having a rated flow rate of 55,000 – 150,000 BTU/hr, maximum inlet pressure of 0.17 MPa to 1. 72 MPa, inlet connection with POL or thread type of fitting (described in statistical reporting number 8481.10.0090)||1|
|8481.90.9040||Product Specific||Push pins and C-poles of steel, designed for use in variable force solenoid valves (described in statistical reporting number 8481.90.9040)||1|
|8482.10.5032||Product Specific||Ball bearings of a width not exceeding 30 mm (described in statistical reporting number 8482.10.5032)||1|
|8504.90.9690||Product Specific||Inductor baseplates of aluminum, each with a length measuring 149.20 mm or more but not over 275 mm, with a width measuring 119.40 mm or more but not over 232 mm and with a depth of 10.50 mm or more but not over 19 mm, with a weight of 0.48 kg or more but not over 3.2 kg (described in statistical reporting number 8504.90.9690)||1|
|8515.90.4000||Product Specific||Parts of soldering irons and soldering machines (described in statistical reporting number 8515.90.4000)||1|
|8536.50.9065||Product Specific||Motor vehicle gear shift switch assemblies, comprised of a plunger, connector and gear shift lever (described in statistical reporting number 8536.50.9065)||1|
|8536.50.9065||Product Specific||Pressure switches designed for use in heat pumps and air-conditioning condensers having a rating of 1.90 megapascals or more but not over 4.55 megapascals (described in statistical reporting number 8536.50.9065)||1|
Reminder: Exclusions Expiring in May & June
The USTR has accelerated its timeline for requesting the extension of exclusions set to expire on May 14, 2020 and on June 4, 2020.
For exclusions granted in May 2019 and set to expire on May 14, 2020, requests for extensions must be received by April 12, 2020. See 85 FR 12373 of March 2, 2020 for further information.
HTS # Expiring May 14, 2020
For exclusions granted in June 2019 and set to expire June 4, 2020, requests for extensions must be received by April 30, 2020. See 85 FR 16181 of March 20, 2020 for further information.
HTS # Expiring June 4, 2020
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Update on China Section 301 Duties: New Exclusions Granted for List 3 and 4A
Time to Apply for Exclusion Extensions Granted June 2019
March 31, 2020
New List 3 Exclusions
The USTR published a list of 176 subheadings available for List 3 exclusions. See Federal Register on March 26, 2020 (85 FR 17158). Additionally the Federal Register notice lists 5 exclusions added to HTS 9903.88.37 (U.S. Note 20(pp) as originally published 85 FR 549 of 1/6/2020).
Included in the excluded items are seeds, chemicals, textile materials, band-saws, hydraulic jacks, parts of suspension systems, shelving units and cabinets. Click here for a list of the all 181 exclusion items.
The List 3 exclusions apply retroactively to September 24, 2018 and are in effect until to August 7, 2020. Importers, brokers, and other filers are instructed to use HTS subheading 9903.88.43 for the exclusions as directed in CSMS #4181055 , unless covered by HTS 9903.88.37 .
Section 301 duties will be available in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) as of 7 am eastern time, March 31, 2020.
New List 4A Exclusions
On March 30, 2020 the USTR published a notice (85 FR 17936) granting exclusions on 12 List 4A items. These will apply retroactively to September 1, 2019 and are in effect until September 20, 2020. Included are ice bags, refillable dispensers designed for mounting, coverings of plastics and sterile urology drain bags. These too are included on our comprehensive list of published exclusions.
REMINDER List 1 – June 2019 Exclusion Extensions
Due by April 30, 2020
The USTR published a public inspection document in the Federal Register notice on March 20, 2020 (85 FR 16181) announcing it will begin accepting exclusion extension requests for List 1 exclusions granted June 2019 (84 FR 25895 of 06/04/2019). The portal will be open April 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020.
Visit the Tuttle Law website site for the comprehensive EXCLUSION LIST, which includes all exclusions granted, those HTS numbers which are no longer excluded, technical amendments, and corrections to typographic and/or ministerial errors to date.
If you have questions about filing an exclusion request, seeking a refund of past duties paid under Sec. 301, and/or discussing Sec. 301 duty avoidance strategies, such as use of Country of Origin transference or use of “First Sale” valuation, contact Adrienne Braumiller, email@example.com.
Section 301 Exclusion Requests Granted by the USTR as of February 19, 2020
Section 301 Exclusion Requests Granted by the USTR as of November 11, 2019
USTR Announces List 4A Exclusion Process
On October 18th, the USTR confirmed that List 4A Exclusion Requests can be submitted starting October 31, 2019, at noon EDT. The deadline to submit requests is January 31, 2020. The USTR has not released a process for requesting exclusions for List 4B. Interested parties have an opportunity to submit an individualized case to the government in an attempt to have their products excluded from additional tariffs. In short, the USTR will be looking for whether the products can be sourced outside of China, whether the imposition of additional duties will cause severe economic harm, and whether the product is strategically related to the “Made in China 2025” initiative. Any exclusion will be effective starting from September 1, 2019, and will extend one year after the publication of the exclusion determination in the Federal Register.
Third Round of Products Excluded from List 3 Section 301 Duties
On October 23, 2019, the USTR issued the third round of product exclusions for the 3rd tranche of Section 301 duties. These exclusions are retroactive to September 24, 2018, and will apply until August 7, 2020.
As set out in the Annex, the exclusions are reflected in 83 specially prepared product descriptions, which cover 95 separate exclusion requests. In accordance with the June 24 notice, the exclusions are available for any products that meet the description in the Annex, regardless of whether the importer filed an exclusion request. Additionally, the scope of each exclusion is governed by the scope of the product descriptions in the Annex, and not by the product descriptions set out in any particular request for exclusion.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation at a later date.
China and the U.S. reach Preliminary “Phase One” Deal
On November 11, 2019, President Trump and Chinese negotiators reached a preliminary agreement that will ease trade tensions marking the first tangible achievement in their 18-month trade war.
This agreement provides relief mainly to American business and farmers that have been effected by the trade war. The accord would result in an additional $40 billion to $50 billion in farm purchases by China that could officially be signed by November.
In exchange, the U.S. will not move ahead with plans to raise tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods to 30 percent. President Trump has not made a final decision on whether to impose an additional round of tariffs on Dec. 15.
Stay tuned for more information …
President Trump Announces List 4 Tariffs Beginning on September 1
As a result of Beijing’s trade retaliation, President Trump has said he will be further increasing tariffs on Chinese imports. Trump tweeted, “China should not have put new Tariffs on 75 BILLION DOLLARS of United States product (politically motivated!).” The List 1 and List 2 duties will increase from 25% to 30% beginning on October 1, while the List 3 duties will be 15% rather than 10% on September 1. The US and China were supposed to meet in Washington next month – the status of this meeting is unclear after the latest retaliations.
Seventh Round of Products Excluded from Section 301 Duties
On August 2, CBP issued the first round of product exclusions for the 2nd tranche of Section 301 duties. These exclusions are retroactive for imports on or after August 23, 2018.
Below are instructions provided by CBP (84 FR 37381) for submitting entries containing products granted exclusions:
- In addition to reporting the regular Chapters 39, 84, 85, 86, 87 and 90 classifications of the HTSUS for the imported merchandise, importers shall report the HTSUS classification 9903.88.12 (Articles the product of China, as provided for in U.S. note 20(o) to this subchapter, each covered by an exclusion granted by the U.S. Trade Representative) for imported merchandise subject to the exclusion;
- Importers shall not submit the corresponding Chapter 99 HTS number for the Section 301 duties when HTS 9903.88.12 is submitted.
Similar to List 1, if an importer has a product that falls on a Product Exclusion list, they can file a Post Summary Correction (PSC) if within the PSC filing timeframe. If the entry is beyond the PSC filing timeframe, importers may file a protest.
Imports which have been granted a product exclusion that are not subject to the Section 301 duties, are not covered by Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) provisions of the Section 301 Federal Register notices. Rather, they are subject to the FTZ provisions in 19 C.F.R. Part 146.
USTR Issues Product Exclusions From Third Tranche of Section 301 Tariffs
On August 5, the USTR has released its first Product Exclusions for Section – List 3. The new exclusions from the tariffs include “10 specially prepared product descriptions” and cover 15 separate requests, according to the notice. The product exclusions apply retroactively to Sept. 24, 2018 (the initial 10% tariff), and are valid for one year after the notice is published in the Federal Register.
For more information:
Foreign Tariff Responses to U.S. Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs
A number of countries and U.S. trading partners have imposed or announced their intent to impose retaliatory tariffs on specific exports from the United States in response to the United States’ Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the United States.
To assist U.S. companies in identifying those exports impacted by retaliatory tariffs, the Department of Commerce’s Industry & Analysis unit has compiled a Retaliation Product Coverage Matrix and retaliation information.
Retaliation Product Coverage Matrix
This matrix lists the U.S. goods subject to announced foreign retaliatory measures and includes direct links for U.S. businesses to find additional detail regarding the scope of the foreign measures.
On July 1, 2018, Canada began imposing additional tariffs of 10 or 25 percentage points on selected U.S. products.
The United States believes that Canada’s retaliatory tariffs are inconsistent with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and has opposed them at the WTO.
See Official Notification from Canada: https://www.fin.gc.ca/access/tt-it/cacsap-cmpcaa-1-eng.asp
On April 2, 2018, China began imposing additional tariffs of 15 or 25 percentage points on selected U.S. products.
The United States believes that China’s retaliatory tariffs are inconsistent with WTO rules and has opposed them at the WTO.
See Official Announcement from China (in Mandarin): http://gss.mof.gov.cn/zhengwuxinxi/zhengcefabu/201804/t20180401_2857769.html
China’s notification to the WTO, which includes a list of tariff codes covered by its retaliatory measures in English, is available here.
On June 22, 2018, the European Union (EU) began imposing additional tariffs of 25 percentage points on selected U.S. products.
The EU has also announced that it reserves the right to impose additional retaliatory tariffs in three years, beginning in 2021, or earlier if the EU receives a favorable ruling by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on their claim that the U.S. tariffs constitute a violation of WTO rules.
The United States believes the EU tariffs are inconsistent with WTO rules and has opposed them at the WTO.
See Official Announcement from the European Union: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32018R0724&from=
EU’s notification to the WTO, which includes a list of tariff codes covered by its retaliatory measures, is available here.
India has announced that, effective August 4, 2018, it will impose retaliatory tariffs of an additional 10, 15, 20, 25, or 50 percentage points on selected U.S. products.
India’s notification to the WTO, which includes a list of tariff codes to be covered by its retaliatory measures, is available here.
Japan has notified the WTO of its intent to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products. To date, however, it has not provided specific information regarding the scope or timing of its retaliatory measures.
On June 5, 2018, Mexico began imposing additional tariffs ranging from 7 to 25 percentage points on selected U.S. products.
The United States believes that Mexico’s retaliatory tariffs are inconsistent with WTO rules and has opposed them at the WTO.
See Mexico’s Official Notification (in Spanish): http://www.dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5525036&fecha=05/06/2018
On July 6, 2018, Russia announced that they will impose additional tariffs of additional 25, 30, 35, or 40 percentage points on selected U.S. products. The additional tariffs are scheduled to take effect 30 days from the July 6th announcement.
See Russia’s Official Notification (in Russian): http://government.ru/docs/33173/
Russia’s notification to the WTO is available here.
On June 21, 2018, Turkey began imposing additional tariffs on selected U.S. products. On August 15, 2018, Turkey announced an increase in the additional tariff rates, ranging from 4 to 140 percent.
The United States believes that Turkey’s retaliatory tariffs are inconsistent with WTO rules and has opposed them at the WTO.
See Turkey’s Official Notifications (in Turkish): http://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2018/06/20180625M1-30.pdf http://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/main.aspx?home=http://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2018/08/20180815.htm&main=http://www.resmigazete.gov.tr/eskiler/2018/08/20180815.htm
Turkey’s notification to the WTO, which includes a list of tariff codes covered by its retaliatory measures in English, is available here.
To the extent retaliatory measures impact agriculture exports, please consult the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Global Agriculture Information Network (GAIN) reports at https://gain.fas.usda.gov/Lists/Advanced%20Search/AllItems.aspx.
Norway and Switzerland have also requested consultations with the United States, as part of WTO dispute settlement proceedings, on the U.S. Section 232 tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum into the United States. To date, these countries have not announced their intent to impose retaliatory tariffs.
The information set forth above regarding foreign retaliatory measures, including the Retaliation Product Coverage Matrix, has been provided as a public service for general reference. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information presented is complete and accurate as of September 18, 2018. The information will be updated as new developments occur.
The actual tariff classification and assessment of duties is determined by customs authorities in the relevant foreign country. Moreover, countries may elect to increase tariffs or otherwise amend tariff treatment at any time. For definitive guidance, parties should contact the government customs agency in the appropriate foreign country.