USTR Announces Cuts, Delays On Products Slated For Next Round Of Tariffs
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced today that certain products have been removed from the list of approximately $300 billion in Chinese imports slated to receive an additional tariff of 10 percent on September 1.
The products cut from the tariff list were removed due to health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent. Additionally, as part of its public comment and hearing process, the USTR announced that the tariff should be delayed to December 15 for certain articles. Products in this group include, for example, cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing.
The USTR intends to conduct an exclusion process for products subject to the additional tariff, and it will publish in the Federal Register, as soon as possible, additional details and lists of the tariff lines affected by this announcement.
Also, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have reportedly recently spoken by phone and agreed to talk again in two weeks.