Additional Tariffs Went Into Effect on Chinese Goods on Sunday

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Additional Tariffs Went Into Effect on Chinese Goods on Sunday

On Sunday the US put 15% tariffs on $112 billion of Chinese imports (clothing, shoes, consumer electronics, cameras, desktop computers. Another round of US tariffs on Chinese imports is set to go into effect Dec 15 (smartphones and laptops). The tariffs that went into effect on Sunday and those set to go into effect on Dec. 15 will hit $300 billion of Chinese imports.

China is charging tariffs of 10% and 5% on American goods.





Donald J. Trump





If the Fed would cut, we would have one of the biggest Stock Market increases in a long time. Badly run and weak companies are smartly blaming these small Tariffs instead of themselves for bad management...and who can really blame them for doing that? Excuses!



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“Badly run and weak companies are smartly blaming these small Tariffs instead of themselves”-So why did you give large tax breaks?  Why should badly run and weak companies get any tax breaks at all (Do you reward failures?)


More than 160 industry groups wrote to the president to voice their opposition to the tariffs.


Americans For Free Trade

August 28, 2019

President Donald J. Trump

 The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

Washington, DC 20500


Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of the Americans for Free Trade Coalition, we are writing with an urgent request that you postpone all tariff rate increases on Chinese goods that are scheduled to take effect this year. These tariff rate increases – some starting as early as Sunday – come at the worst possible time, right in the middle of the busy holiday shipping period. Action is needed by you to protect American businesses, workers and consumers this holiday season.

Our coalition represents every part of the U.S. economy including manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, retailers, technology companies, service suppliers, natural gas and oil companies, importers, exporters, and other supply chain stakeholders. Collectively, we support tens of millions of American jobs through our vast supply chains.

In remarks earlier this month, you recognized that delaying some tariffs would avoid hurting American consumers over the holidays. Unfortunately, a large portion of holiday merchandise will still be hit by September and October tariff increases at an even higher rate than was initially anticipated. With some products facing tariffs as high as 30 percent, many businesses will have no choice but to pass along those costs to consumers. Price increases will likely hit shoppers just as they are making their holiday purchases.

Furthermore, because many of our industrial inputs are still sourced in China, these new tariffs will act as a tax on U.S. manufacturers and U.S. farmers, whose costs will now increase. And because these tariffs were announced with little warning, it is impossible for U.S. importers to share the burden with supply chain partners in China or shift their production to other countries. The full adverse impact of these tariff increases will be felt entirely in the United States and could represent one of the largest tax increases in American history.

We understand your frustration with China and are opposed to the tariffs the Chinese government has imposed as well. But subjecting U.S. companies, the workers they employ, and the consumers they serve to new and unprecedented taxes takes us further away from the deal you are working to craft. Ordering companies to leave China, the world’s second largest economy, is not a solution and is unrealistic. Although companies are taking steps to diversify their supply chains, developing overseas markets is critical to reaching the 95 percent of consumers who live outside the U.S. and in return expanding opportunities for American workers and consumers.

U.S. consumers are driving the growth of the U.S. economy. Let’s ensure consumer confidence remains high and economic prosperity continues for the American families we serve and the American workers we employ every day. A tariff delay is the gift you can give American families this holiday season.

Please protect the holiday season and delay these tariffs.


Accessories Council Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) ALMA, International (Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing and Acoustics) American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) American Association of Port Authorities American Bakers Association American Bridal & Prom Industry Association (ABPIA) American Chemistry Council American Coatings Association, Inc. (ACA) American Down and Feather Council American Fly Fishing Trade Association American Home Furnishings Alliance American Lighting Association American Petroleum Institute American Bridal & Prom Industry Association (ABPIA) American Pyrotechnics Association American Rental Association American Specialty Toy Retailing Association American Wind Energy Association Arizona Technology Council Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants Association Association For Creative Industries Association for PRINT Technologies Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers Auto Care Association Beer Institute BSA | The Software Alliance California Retailers Association Carolina Loggers Association Chemical Industry Council of Delaware (CICD) Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT) Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) Colorado Retail Council Columbia River Customs Brokers and Forwarders Assn. Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Consumer Technology Association Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) CropLife America Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Assn. of Washington State Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders of Northern California Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Electronic Transactions Association Fashion Accessories Shippers Association (FASA) Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Trade Association Flexible Packaging Association Florida Ports Council Florida Retail Federation Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) Fragrance Creators Association Game Manufacturers Association Gemini Shippers Association Georgia Retailers Global Chamber® Global Cold Chain Alliance Greeting Card Association Grocery Manufacturers Association Halloween Industry Association Home Fashion Products Association Home Furnishings Association Household and Commercial Products Association Idaho Retailers Association Illinois Retail Merchants Association Independent Office Products & Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA) Indiana Retail Council Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) International Foodservice Distributors Association International Housewares Association International Warehouse and Logistics Association International Wood Products Association Internet Association ISSA - The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association Juice Products Association (JPA) Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Assn. Louisiana Retailers Association Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay Maryland Retailers Association Methanol Institute Michigan Chemistry Council Minnesota Retailers Association Missouri Retailers Association Motorcycle Industry Council NAPIM (National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers) National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) National Association of Home Builders National Association of Music Merchants National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) National Confectioners Association National Council of Chain Restaurants National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) National Fisheries Institute National Foreign Trade Council National Grocers Association National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association National Marine Manufacturers Association National Restaurant Association National Retail Federation National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association National Sporting Goods Association Natural Products Association New Jersey Retail Merchants Association North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) North Carolina Retail Merchants Association Ohio Council of Retail Merchants Outdoor Industry Association Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Assns. Inc. Pennsylvania Retailers' Association PeopleforBikes Personal Care Products Council Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council Petroleum Equipment & Services Association Plumbing Manufacturers International Power Tool Institute (PTI) Precious Metals Association of North America (PMANA) Promotional Products Association International Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Retail Association of Maine Retail Council of New York State Retail Industry Leaders Association Retailers Association of Massachusetts RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) RV Industry Association San Diego Customs Brokers and Forwarders Assn. SEMI Snowsports Industries America Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) Specialty Equipment Market Association Specialty Vehicle Institute of America Sports & Fitness Industry Association TechNet Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Texas Retailers Association Texas Water Infrastructure Network The Airforwarders Association The Fertilizer Institute The Hardwood Federation The Toy Association The Vinyl Institute Travel Goods Association Truck & Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association United States Council for International Business United States Fashion Industry Association US Global Value Chain Coalition US-China Business Council Virginia Retail Merchants Association Virginia-DC District Export Council (VA-DC DEC) Washington Retail Association Window and Door Manufacturers Association World Pet Association, Inc. (WPA) CC: Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Department of the Treasury Secretary Wilbur Ross, Department of Commerce Secretary Sonny Perdue, Department of Agriculture Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton, Small Business Administration Director Larry Kudlow, National Economic Council


USTR Announces Next Steps on Proposed 10 Percent Tariff on Imports from China

Washington, DC - The United States Trade Representative (USTR) today announced the next steps in the process of imposing an additional tariff of 10 percent on approximately $300 billion of Chinese imports.

On May 17, 2019, USTR published a list of products imported from China that would be potentially subject to an additional 10 percent tariff. This new tariff will go into effect on September 1 as announced by President Trump on August 1.

Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent.

Further, as part of USTR’s public comment and hearing process, it was determined 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.

USTR intends to conduct an exclusion process for products subject to the additional tariff.

The USTR will publish on its website today, and in the Federal Register as soon as possible, additional details and lists of the tariff lines affected by this announcement.


“Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent.”

National Security—Does that include Trump tweet showing a classified military photo of an Iranian launch pad?

Another backdown by Trump



China's Commerce Ministry issued the following statement:

“On September 1, the first batch of U.S. tariffs on China's 300 billion US dollars exported to the United States was officially implemented. I will file a lawsuit under the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. The US taxation measures are seriously contrary to the consensus of the heads of state of the two countries in Osaka. China is strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed. In accordance with relevant WTO rules, China will firmly safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and resolutely defend the multilateral trading system and the international trade order.”



The following communication, dated 23 August 2018, from the delegation of China to the delegation of the United States, is circulated to the Dispute Settlement Body in accordance with Article 4.4 of the DSU.





My authorities have instructed me to request consultations with the Government of the United States pursuant to Article 4 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU), Article XXIII of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994) concerning the tariffs measures that the United States accords to certain goods with the estimated trade value of approximately $16 billion originating from China.

The United States published the Notice of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation in the Federal Register dated 16 August, according to which an additional ad valorem duty of 25 percent has been imposed on the importing products of Chinese origin since 23 August, 2018. The additional duty is only applied to China's products and in excess of the United States's bound rates in its Schedule of Concessions and Commitments annexed to the GATT 1994.

The legal documents through which the United States implements the additional tariff measures include:

1.  Section 301-310 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C., paragraphs 2411-2420) .

2.  Findings of the investigation into China's acts, policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. 

3.  Actions by the United States Related to the Section 301 Investigation of China's Laws, Policies, Practices, or Actions Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.3

4.  Notice of Action and Request for Public Comment Concerning Proposed Determination of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation. 4

5.  Notice of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China's Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation. 


This request for consultations also concerns any modification, replacement or amendments to the measures identified above, and any closely connected, subsequent or implementing measures.

These measures appear to be inconsistent with the relevant provisions of the WTO covered agreements including:

1.  Article I.1 of the GATT 1994, because the measures at issue fail to extend immediately and unconditionally to the products originating in China an "advantage, favour, privilege or immunity" granted by the United States "[w]ith respect to customs duties and charges of any kind imposed on or in connection with" the importation of products originating in the territories of other Members.

2.  Article II.1(a) and (b) of the GATT 1994, because the measures at issue fail to accord to the products originating in China identified in the above-mentioned documents the treatment no less favourable than that provided for in the United States's Schedule of Concessions and Commitments annexed to the GATT 1994.

3.  Article 23 of the DSU, because United States made a determination to the effect that a violation has occurred without recourse to the dispute settlement in accordance with the DSU and the measures at issue fail to recourse to, and abide by, the rules and procedures of the DSU, when the United States seeks the redress of a violation of obligation or other nullification or impairment of benefits under the covered agreements or an impediment to the attainment of any objective of the covered agreements.


In addition, and as a consequence of the foregoing, the measures at issue appear to nullify or impair benefits accruing to China directly or indirectly under the cited agreements.

China reserves the right to raise additional claims and legal matters regarding the above-mentioned measures during the course of the consultations.


China looks forward to receiving your reply to the present consultations request and to scheduling a mutually convenient date for consultations.






1See Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 159 / Thursday, August 16, 2018 / Notices,






4See Federal Register/ Vol. 83, No.119/ Wednesday, June 20, 2018/ Notices [Docket Number USTR-2018-0018] see also


5See Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 159 / Thursday, August 16, 2018 / Notices,

 See Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 159 / Thursday, August 16, 2018 / Notices,






 See Federal Register/ Vol. 83, No.119/ Wednesday, June 20, 2018/ Notices [Docket Number USTR-2018-0018] see also


 See Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 159 / Thursday, August 16, 2018 / Notices,


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