The U.S. Trade Representative is proposing an additional 10 percent tariff on approximately 6,000 8-digit tariff codes estimated to be about $200 billion worth of imports. The USTR has now set a third set of hearing and written submissions for those affected by this new set of proposed tariffs. The schedule is as follows:
July 27: Deadline for filing notice of appearance to testify at hearing
August 17: Written Comments Due
August 20-23: Public Hearings Scheduled
August 30: Post-Hearing Comments Due
Senior government officials said a decision on the tariffs will be made sometime after August 30.
The notice posted at USTR after close of business July 10 says that staff took into account impacts on consumers, and analysts removed some tariff lines because they were “likely to cause disruptions to the U.S. economy, as well as tariff lines subject to legal or administrative constraints.” Food, chemicals, pesticides, minerals, fabrics, construction materials, handbags, luggage, car parts, appliances, machines, televisions, items made from steel and aluminum, batteries, semiconductor assemblies, furniture and more were on the list. Pharmaceuticals of Chapter 30, and apparel and footwear of Chapters 61-64, were not.
USTR is proposing the tariffs because China has not acquiesced to U.S. demands after initial Section 301 tariffs set at 25 percent on $34 billion in Chinese goods.