USTR Announces Additional $200 billion In Tariffs

On Tuesday, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced an additional $200 billion in Chinese products will be subject to 10 percent tariffs pursuant to the Section 301 investigation of China’s trade practices. This latest escalation came after China implemented its retaliation for the $34 billion in U.S. tariffs that went into effect July 6.

The latest list of tariffs affects a wider range of products than the previous lists. The new list names items such as luggage, handbags, shampoo and a variety of other consumer products, including some product categories sold within the promotional products industry such as hats and other apparel. The full USTR statement, including a complete listing of goods imported from China that will be included in the tariffs, is available here.

The new tariffs will not go into effect immediately. They will follow the same regulatory procedure as the previous Section 301 tariffs. That process includes a request for written comment, a public hearing and a post-hearing request for rebuttals.

PPAI is on the record opposing any tariff proposals. Due to the increase in consumer prices that results when tariffs are applied to products, tariffs are effectively a tax on consumers. PPAI and several other groups believe imposing tariffs on America’s most important trading partners will not address the issues related to the unfair trade practices that are currently being investigated. The tariffs could further add to the risk already being faced by American workers whose jobs rely on internationally traded products—products that, once brought to the U.S., are processed and sold by American workers. Adding tariffs may make it more difficult to sell American goods in the global economy, specifically in the countries where the tariffs are being imposed.

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Comments (2)
Tina Filipski
October 2, 2018
PPAI has worked actively to oppose the tariffs since their announcement earlier this year. Association staff attended committee hearings on the tariffs in Washington, D.C., the tariffs were discussed with legislators and their staffs during the PPAI Legislative Education And Action Day (L.E.A.D.) in May and PPAI has joined with the National Retail Federation and 64 other organizations representing U.S. retailers, manufacturers, farmers, agribusinesses, technology companies and other industries to submit comments to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. PPAI is also an active member of Americans for Free Trade and is doing everything in its power to oppose these tariffs.
Sandy Simon
September 25, 2018
Hello, has PPAI reached out to the top industry suppliers and distributors to join a coalition such as Americans for Free Trade to unite against the tariffs being imposed? Or work inconjunction with ASI to start our own? We need powers in numbers. What is PPAI doing? thank you.
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