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10/14/19 – China Tariff Increase On Hold as Limited Trade Agreement Announced

"Tariffs on $250 billion worth of imports from China will not be increased to 30 percent on Oct. 15 after the U.S. and China announced an agreement in principle on the first phase of a broad trade agreement. However, the agreement has no other effect on the additional tariffs the U.S. has in place on nearly $400 billion worth of Chinese goods, which currently range from 15 percent to 25 percent." Read more.

9/30/19 – Tariff Increase on $250 Billion in Imports from China Expected Oct. 15

"U.S. government sources have confirmed that a proposed increase in the additional tariff being imposed on $250 billion worth of imports from China from 25 percent to 30 percent will NOT take effect Oct. 1 but is still planned for Oct. 15...  However, U.S.-China negotiations scheduled for Oct. 10-11 could affect the date and rate of any such change." Read more.

9/13/19 – China Announces Tariff Exclusions for U.S. Goods, U.S. Responds with Delay of Tariff Increase

"China announced this week the first exclusions from its additional 25 percent tariff on imports of U.S. goods. President Trump then delayed from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15 an increase from 25 to 30 percent in the Section 301 additional tariff on $250 billion worth of goods imported from China." Read more.

8/26/19 – Section 301 Tariff Lists 1 through 3 to increase from 25% to 30%

"The United States Trade Representative will increase Section 301 Chinese imports that are currently at 25% to 30% for List 1, List 2, and List 3 starting October 1, 2019. These lists combined encompass about $250 billion in imports from China." Read more.

8/30/19 – Section 301 Tariff: List 4A & List 4B Subject to 15%, not 10% Tariff

"Goods on List 4A and 4B will face a tariff of 15%, not 10% as previously indicated, effective Sept. 1, 2019, for List 4A products and Dec. 15, 2019, for List 4B products. 25 products have been removed from List 4 due to health, safety, national security, and other reasons and will not face any additional tariffs.


The combined list 4 covers essentially all products not already subject to Section 301 additional tariffs. It includes all apparel, footwear, and manufactured textile products, among others, but excludes pharmaceuticals, certain pharmaceutical inputs, select medical goods, rare earth materials, and critical minerals." Read more.

8/27/19 – Trump Hikes Tariffs on Chinese Goods Again, Threatens to Force U.S. Companies Out of China

"President Trump announced Aug. 23 that he will further increase existing and pending tariffs on imports from China in response to Beijing’s move to raise its own tariffs on more than 5,000 additional goods from the U.S. The president also threatened to force U.S. companies to relocate operations out of China if bilateral trade relations worsen." Read more.

7/18/19 – More Tariffs a Possibility Amid Uncertain Prospects for China Trade Deal

"The Trump administration’s willingness to strike a trade deal with China is being seen by some observers as increasingly tied to how doing so may affect the president’s chances of winning the 2020 presidential election. An agreement that secures suitably strong terms for the U.S. could aid Trump’s re-election bid, but if that cannot be accomplished Trump could follow through with threats to hike tariffs on $300+ billion worth of additional imports from China as a show of strength to voters." Read more.

6/4/19 – Hearings on Proposed Tariffs on Virtually All Remaining Trade from China Get Underway

"The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has released its schedule of public hearings in connection with a proposal to impose additional tariffs of up to 25 percent on some $300 billion worth of imports from China not already subject to higher tariffs under the Section 301 process.


"The public hearings kicked off June 17 and will be held every working day thereafter through June 25 ... USTR will then consider all the input received and likely make a final decision within the ensuing few weeks." Read more.

6/4/19 – Mexico Tariffs Could Hit 10 Percent or More but Details Remain Scarce

"Importers should be prepared for President Trump’s recently announced tariffs on imports from Mexico to go to ten percent and possibly higher, says Nicole Bivens Collinson, president of international trade and government relations for trade and customs law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg." Read more.

5/21/19 – White House, Democrats in Talks to End Holdup on USMCA Approval

"The White House and congressional Democrats have opened talks to resolve outstanding details that have thus far held up the new North American trade deal, according to people briefed on discussions between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and trade chief Robert Lighthizer." 


"The Trump administration had hoped to build momentum last week by lifting steel and aluminum tariffs, clearing a major hurdle for lawmakers to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement." Read more.

5/13/19 – China Increases Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Goods, Will Allow for Exclusions

"China will increase retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods as of June 1 after the Trump administration raised additional tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on May 10. China has also announced that it will accept requests for exclusions from its tariffs." Read more.


See the full list of 3,805 of full and partial HTSUS headings here.

5/13/19 – China Increases Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Goods, Will Allow for Exclusions

"China will increase retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods as of June 1 after the Trump administration raised additional tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on May 10. China has also announced that it will accept requests for exclusions from its tariffs." Read more.

5/10/19 – June 1 Entry Deadline to Avoid China Tariff Increase; Clarification on FTZ Goods

There is now a June 1 deadline for Chinese-origin goods in more than 5,700 tariff lines to be entered into the U.S. to avoid a tariff increase that took effect May 10. Read more.

5/10/19 – US tariffs on China jump as deadline passes, China immediately says it will retaliate

"Industries and businesses affected by the tariff hike will not feel the effect right away: It will apply to goods exported after May 10, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. It will not affect products already in transit to the United States.Read more.

5/7/19 – US trade officials say Trump's tariff threat is real

"The top US trade negotiator said Monday that the Trump administration will be moving forward on President Donald Trump's threat to escalate tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods effective Friday.


Speaking to reporters in Washington, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said China reneged on previous agreements over the weekend, derailing months of progress toward a detailed trade agreement between the world's two largest economies.


As of Friday, penalties on $200 billion of Chinese goods will be lifted to 25% from 10%, as Trump tweeted on Sunday." Read more.

5/6/19 – Trump Threatens to Increase 10% Tariffs to 25% on $200 Billion in Chinese Goods Effective Friday, May 10, and Apply 25% Tariffs to all Remaining Chinese Imports

"On Sunday, May 5, 2019, President Trump issued two tweets threatening to increase the current 10% tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports to 25% effective on Friday May 10. He further threatened to impose a 25% tariff on all remaining imports from China. Importers should quickly evaluate exposure and seek ways to mitigate the impact of these potential new tariffs before they go into effect." Read more.

4/23/19 – Trump’s tariffs are one of the last big obstacles in U.S.-China trade talks

"[A]t least one big sticking point remains: what to do with all the tariffs that the two sides slapped on each other in the last year. China wants the duties to be lifted. The United States wants to leave at least some of these taxes on Chinese goods in place." Read more.

3/19/19 – U.S. and China Working Toward Summit Meeting in April

"The United States and China are pushing for a summit meeting in late April to complete a trade deal, while negotiators are still grappling over its terms and how they should be enforced." Read more.

3/5/19 – U.S. and China Near a Trade Deal to Drop Tariffs

"The Trump administration is close to a trade deal with China that would roll back tariffs on both sides of the Pacific but may do little to achieve the substantive changes to China’s economy that the United States initially set out to win, people with knowledge of the talks said." Read more.

3/1/19 Tariff increase postponed indefinitely 

The additional tariff on $200 billion worth of imports from China will remain at 10% "until further notice," according to a notice from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative expected to be published soon in the Federal RegisterRead more.

2/25/19 Trump says he will delay additional China tariffs originally scheduled to start on March 1 

"The United States is planning to delay a menu of additional Chinese tariffs that were scheduled to begin on March 1, President Donald Trump announced on Sunday, [Feb. 24, 2019], as both sides hash out a definitive end to a wide ranging trade dispute.  In a series of posts on Twitter, Trump cited 'substantial progress' in bilateral talks between the world’s two largest economies." Read more.

2/18/19 US & China Sketching Outline of Deal to End Trade War 

"The United States and China have started to outline commitments in principle on the stickiest issues in their trade dispute, marking the most significant progress yet toward ending a seven-month trade war, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.


"[T]he broad outline of what could make up a deal is beginning to emerge from the talks, sources said, as the two sides push for an agreement by March 1. That marks the end of a 90-day truce that Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to when they met in Argentina late last year." Read more.

2/18/19 – Exclusion Process Mandated for Tariffs on $200 Billion in Goods from China; Prepare Now to Submit Petitions 

"Congress has ordered the creation of a long-awaited process for requesting product-specific exclusions from the Section 301 additional tariffs on $200 billion worth of imported goods from China. These tariffs are currently 10 percent but are scheduled to be increased to 25 percent as of March 2. 


"In an explanatory statement accompanying appropriations legislation signed into law Feb. 15, Congress directed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to establish an exclusion process for the so-called List 3 goods “following the same procedures as those in rounds 1 and 2.” USTR must report to Congress on the nature and timing of this process no later than March 17." Read more.

2/13/19 China Tariff Could be Pushed Back, Trump Says

"President Trump said Feb. 12 that he might postpone a planned tariff increase on $200 billion worth of imports from China if the two sides are “close to a deal." Read more.

1/29/19 US files charges against China's Huawei and CFO Meng Wanzhou

The indictment of Huawei and its CFO focuses on the alleged theft of US technology, which has been a major sticking point in trade negotiations. "Huawei has consistently denied the allegations, and the firm's boss says it is being used as a pawn in power games between the US and China. ... The charges come as the US and China prepare to hold high-level trade talks in Washington this week." Read more.

12/17/18 China Tariff Hike Delay Formalized; Beijing to Lower Import Duties on U.S. Autos

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative published on its web site Dec. 14 a formal notice of the tariff increase delay that is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the coming days. As a result, U.S. Customs and Border Protection should be able to quickly make the necessary changes in the Automated Commercial Environment to ensure that the additional tariff does not increase to 25 percent until 12:01 a.m. on March 2. As a result, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg’s Tom Gould said, there is less need for importers to consider electing the arrival date as the entry date for shipments due to arrive in the coming weeks." Read more.

12/5/18 Tentative 90-day Truce on U.S.-China Tariffs Provides Temporary Relief

A tentative, three-month pause on the trade war may provide enough time to resolve differences over Chinese tactics. "According to the White House account, the U.S. would hold off on imposing 25 per cent tariffs on $200 billion of imports ... until March 1, and China would agree to immediately enter negotiations to resolve thorny issues such as forced technology transfer, protection of intellectual property, non-tariff barriers and cyber theft." Read more.


However, "China seems to have a markedly different view of the trade war cease-fire ... with state media outlets making no mention Monday of a 90-day time frame or a reduction in tariffs on imported U.S. cars — or indeed any specifics about buying more American products." Read more.

10/30 US Considering Additional Tariffs on Remaining $257 billion in Chinese Goods if Trump-Xi Talks Fail

This possible new round of taxes on goods from China could be implemented as early as December and cover the remaining imports from China, about $257 billion worth. Read more.

10/16 MTB Duty Reductions Won’t Supersede China Import Tariffs, CBP Says

The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act (MTB) suspends or reduces duties on 1,660 products entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after Oct. 13 through Dec. 31, 2020. About half the MTB-eligible items are produced in China and may therefore be subject to the Section 301 tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on a wide range of imports from China. While such products can benefit from the MTB’s suspensions and reductions for the general rates of duty, they remain subject to the 25 or 10 percent duty rate as applicable. Read more.

9/24 – IEWC has analyzed List 3 for potential impacts to our customers. Products that are included on the list that might affect customers include: 

  • Wire with connectors
  • Polyester braided sleeving
  • Ferrites
  • SJO cable

See the full List 3 here


Contact your sales person if you have specific questions about items you procure from IEWC.

9/18 – List 2 exclusion requests are due by Dec. 18, 2018. Learn more.

9/17 – List 3 of Section 301 tariffs will go into effect Sept. 24, 2018. The initial tariff rate of 10% will increase to 25% as of Jan. 1, 2019. Read the USTR news release for more information.


While the effects of this revised list of products are still being reviewed, we continue to monitor and quickly advise all affected parties. Please bookmark and visit this page regularly for the latest information about tariffs.

9/12 – The Art of the Trade Deal 2.0: Update on Top Strategies to Avoid or Reduce Section 232 and 301 Duty Increases

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg's recent Trade Report examines various tactics that importers of products originating in China can use to mitigate the impact of recent Section 232 and 301 tariffs. Read the full article. Be sure to consult appropriate legal counsel with trade expertise before implementing any of these strategies as many have specific requirements, as well as specific benefits and drawbacks. 

9/4 – Hearings on List 3 goods and the effective tariff rate they could be subject to (10% to 25%) wrapped up on Monday, Aug. 27. Rebuttal comments are due by Thursday, Sept. 6.


The List 2 exclusion form has not yet been published. 


For those interested in a comprehensive compilation of all retaliatory tariffs, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg has created this list.

8/14 – Final Version of List 2 US/China Tariffs Published

The second set of tariffs on products of Chinese origin has been enacted and duties will be collected beginning Thursday, Aug. 23. The 25% duty on products that appear on List 2 applies to all designated products that are imported from that day forward. Any existing inventory in the USA is unaffected.


The only product category subject to these new tariffs on List 2 that affects IEWC suppliers and customers is heat shrink tubing. However, we expect minimal effects from this tariff as only one class of heat shrink tubing is included in the list. The second class of tubing -- of which IEWC supplies much more -- is not included in this list of products.


While the effects these new tariffs will have on suppliers and customers are still being reviewed, we continue to monitor and quickly advise all affected parties as we learn details. In the meantime, we continue to post regular updates on this web site. Please bookmark and visit the page regularly for the latest information about the effects of the new tariffs on our customers and suppliers.


As you navigate these trade-related challenges, you can rely on us for accurate advice from our trade compliance specialists and salesforce. These teams continue to work hand in hand to reduce potential supply disruptions and other tariff-related effects on customers in these uncertain times.


Thank you for your continued business. We will keep you apprised as the situation changes.

8/9 – Finalized List 2 of Goods Subject to 25% Tariff Published

"The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has finalized a proposal to extend the 25 percent tariff that the U.S. imposed July 6 on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods to an additional $16 billion worth of imports from China. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin collecting additional duties on these products Aug. 23. " Read more.

8/8 – Word on the street from licensed customs brokers is that companies are importing as much inventory into the US as they can now, in the likely event that Lists 2 and 3 go into effect in the near future. Bunker rates (variable fuel surcharges) have also increased this summer, further increasing shipping costs for companies importing to the US from China.

8/3 – China Announces $60B Of US Goods For Tariff Retaliation

Read more here.

8/2/18 – Proposed List 3 Tariff Possibly Increasing from 10% to 25%

The 10% duty originally announced on the 6,031 products included on List 3 may be increased to 25% based on a new directive by President Trump. List 3 is available here.


“USTR’s previously announced hearing on the possible tariff increase will still be held Aug. 20-23 in Washington, D.C. However, requests to appear at the hearing are now due by Aug. 13 and the deadline for post-hearing rebuttal comments has been extended from Aug. 30 to Sept. 6.” Read more here.

8/1 – The List 2 tariff hearings were held on 7/24, which were followed by collection of rebuttal comments through the end of the July. Hearings on List 3 are scheduled for August 20-23, 2018. 

7/31 – “Factories shift out of China to avoid trade war, boosting volume for logistics firms like Kerry”

Tariffs are accelerating the rate at which firms are moving business from China to other rapidly industrializing Asian economies outside of China. Growing competition in China is causing labor and land prices to rise, making other countries in the nation more attractive to businesses looking to expand while decreasing operating expenses. The enactment of tariffs has increased the pace of this movement. Read full article in the South China Morning Post.

7/25/2018 - You may find the following legal resource tariff site useful: Sandler Travis Tariff Action Resources

7/24/2018 - What do these tariffs mean for IEWC’s non-US Customers?

With so much focus on the countries who are enacting tariffs like the US and China, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that manufacturers in other countries can be impacted as well. Why’s that? It’s all about the Country of Origin. If a product bound for a site in Canada, for example, is receiving product from a US supplier but Country of Origin or where the product was produced is China, they are still at risk of being impacted by the US tariffs.


So what is IEWC doing to help our non-US customers? Whenever possible, we will work with those customers to ship product directly to the final country destination to avoid a logistics plan that passes the product through the US along its way. In addition, IEWC actively looks for opportunities to pre-clear materials through US Customs whenever possible. Pre-clearing allows the inbound materials to clear US Customs several days in advance of its arrival to the US. This could be particularly valuable once the timing of the List 2 and List 3 materials is announced and the go-live dates of additional tariffs are determined.


Click here for additional mitigation strategies, The Art of the Trade Deal: Top Five Strategies to Avoid or Reduce Section 232 and 301 Duty Increases.

7/23/2018 - Tariff Lists 1, 2 & 3: Where do we stand how can I mitigate exposure?

Lists 2 and 3 of the 301 tariff have not yet been implemented, only List 1.

  • A hearing panel was scheduled July 23 to discuss List 2. We have not yet heard the outcome of this hearing. These items are currently believed to be subject to a 25% duty rate.
  • List 3 is currently taking public comments and a hearing will follow shortly thereafter. These items are currently believed to be subject to a 10% duty rate.
  • Work with your customs broker and legal counsel to determine if you can import products before the go-live date of the items on Lists 2 and 3.
  • For products ultimately destined for Canada, Mexico or another country; ship direct to that country to avoid bringing product into the United States.

7/16/2018 - This article from Industrial Distribution provides a useful FAQ about tariffs:

"Q: SO WHAT ARE TARIFFS?

A: Tariffs are a tax on imports. They're typically charged as a percentage of the transaction price that a buyer pays a foreign seller.


In the United States, tariffs — also called duties or levies — are collected by Customs and Border Protection agents at 328 ports of entry across the country. Proceeds go to the Treasury. The tariff rates are published by the U.S. International Trade Commission in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, which lists U.S. tariffs on everything from dried plantains (1.4 percent) to parachutes (3 percent).


Sometimes, the U.S. will impose additional duties on foreign imports that it determines are being sold at unfairly low prices or are being supported by foreign government subsidies."

7/11/2018 - Office of the US Trade Representative announced preliminary third list of products slated for additional 10% duty under section 301. This additional tariff is expected to be finalized in August. 

07/09/2018 - Many electrical products with a country of origin of China are affected by Section 301 tariffs that went into effect July 6 for all designated products that are imported from that day forward. Any existing inventory in the USA is unaffected.


While the current situation is fluid, IEWC's trade compliance team continues to monitor the situation and will advise our customers as the situation warrants.

7/06/2018 - Section 301 tariffs take effect. The affected products  are divided into two lists that have been “identified by the interagency Section 301 Committee as benefiting from Chinese industrial policies, including the ‘Made in China 2025’ industrial policy:"

We have identified:

  • Products provided directly to IEWC from Chinese suppliers, including those products that are affected by the new tariffs and those that are not. We expect a small percentage of products sold to be affected by the new tariffs as the majority of our suppliers are North American manufacturers.
  • Products provided to IEWC from manufacturers who list China as the Country of Origin, including both affected and unaffected products. (Again, very few products will be affected.) We are actively engaged with our suppliers to determine their mitigation plans regarding the new tariffs.
  • Customers who purchase products from IEWC that are affected by the new tariffs.