USTR Formally Increases Tranche/List 4 Tariffs from 10 to 15 Percent

By Thompson Hine

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) formally announced on August 30th that an additional duty rate of 15 percent – not 10 percent as originally announced – began on Sept. 1, 2019, on products imported from China and covered under Annex A of the August 20, 2019 Federal Register notice concerning tariffs on imported Chinese products valued at approximately $300 billion (see also Trump and Trade Update of August 13, 2019). Products identified under Annex C will also be subject to an additional duty rate of 15 percent beginning Dec. 15, 2019.

The USTR has yet to formally announce the tariff increase by 5 percent on the approximately $550 billion worth of Chinese imports covered under Tranches/Lists 1-3 of the China Section 301 investigation – which increases the tariff from 25 to 30 percent – but reportedly will allow for a public comment period before implementing such additional duties on or about Oct. 1, 2019.

Compliments of Thompson Hine, a member of the EACCNY