On September 17, 2018, the White House directed the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to implement 10 percent tariffs on nearly all the tariff lines in the original Section 301 List 3 valued at approximately $200 billion. Significantly, the notice does NOT indicate that there will be an exclusion process similar to Section 301 List 1 and 2.
The following day, the USTR issued a press release stating, “The [final] list contains 5,745 full or partial lines of the original 6,031 tariff lines that were on a proposed list of Chinese imports announced on July 10, 2018.”
On September 18, 2018, the USTR published the formal notice of this action in the Federal Register. 83 Fed Reg. 47,974.
For an unofficial downloadable spreadsheet providing affected HTS subheadings across all Section 301 actions, please click here. This includes:
- Final List 1 ($34 billion);
- Final List 2 ($16 billion);
- Original List 3 ($200 billion);
- Final List 3
- Part 1 (5,745 lines);
- Part 2 (11 Partial Lines listing 8-digit lines with their 10-digit exceptions); and
- The 286 removed HTS codes.
The White House statement said the tariffs will rise to 25 percent on January 1, 2019.
On August 3, 2018, China threatened retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods should President Trump move forward with any tariffs. This would result in a possible List 4.
Check here for the latest developments on all the on-going trade actions.