chinese imports 301 tariffs
: On June 15, 2018, the Trump administration released a statement
and two lists of imports from China valued at $50 billion that would be subject to an additional 25 percent tariff. The decision follows a Section 301 investigation conducted by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on China’s acts, policies and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation.
The products announced today are divided into two lists that have been “identified by the interagency Section 301 Committee as benefiting from Chinese industrial policies, including the ‘Made in China 2025’ industrial policy”:
- The first list contains 818 products that were included on the original proposed list published on April 6. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will start collecting duties on these products effective July 6.
- The second list contains 284 new products that have been recommended to be added to the tariff list. These proposed products will undergo a review process, including a comment period and public hearing.
USTR will provide an opportunity for the public to request exclusion of a particular product from the additional 25 percent duty. Additional details regarding the second list review process and exclusion process will be released in a subsequent Federal Register notice.
The president’s announcement also states that the administration will pursue additional tariffs if China engages in retaliatory measures, including new tariffs on U.S. goods or other trade barriers.
Additional links with details can be found here:
The Auto Care Association supports the administration's efforts to protect U.S. intellectual property, but regrets
that the administration has neglected to evaluate the economic harm to the cost of repair and maintenance of the family autos and the unintended consequences of trade restrictions on the average American family.
: On May 29, 2018, President Trump announced
that the U.S. will be moving forward with taking steps to protect domestic technology and intellectual property from unfair trade practices by China as a result of the Section 301 investigation.
"The United States will impose a 25 percent tariff
on $50 billion of goods imported from China containing industrially significant technology, including those related to the “Made in China 2025” program. The final list of covered imports will be announced by June 15, 2018
, and tariffs will be imposed on those imports shortly thereafter."
A White House Fact Sheet on on the Section 301 Investigation can be found here
: The Auto Care Association submitted comments
to and testified
before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative regarding the impact of the proposed Section 301 actions on the auto care industry.
On April 3, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released
a proposed list of goods
imported from China that would be subject to an additional duty of 25 percent pursuant to its Section 301
investigation on China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of U.S. technology and intellectual property.
The proposed list, covering approximately 1,300 products at the 8-digit HTS tariff level, would be imposed on approximately $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, including products identified to be benefiting from Chinese industrial policies (e.g., Made in China 2025). The list covers a range of products including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, metals (steel, aluminum), machinery, equipment, vehicles (auto, ships, aircraft), arms/ammunition and seats (aircraft, motor vehicles).
USTR is conducting a full review of the proposed action through a comment and hearing process. After completion of the full review, USTR will issue a final notice on the products subject to the tariffs.
The Auto Care Association is seeking input on how our members would be impacted by the proposed action. Please contact Paul Fiore and Angela Chiang
if you would like to include information in our submission to USTR regarding any of the products listed on the proposed tariff list.
Companies and organizations can also submit comments individually. See Timeline
and Comment/Hearing Process
sections below for a template and additional information.
Below are products included on the Section 301 proposed tariff list that are classified as “automotive parts” based on the Office of Transportation and Machinery (OTM) Automotive Parts Product Listings or through member input. It is not an exhaustive list of all auto-related parts. Please refer to the full proposed list as released by USTR when reviewing your specific imports.
*The abbreviations “nesoi” and “nesi” mean “not elsewhere specified or included”.
|HTS-8 ||Description |
|Miscellaneous Parts |
|38200000 ||Antifreezing preparations and prepared de-icing fluids |
|40091200 ||Tubes, pipes and hoses of vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber, not reinforced or combined w/other materials, with fittings |
|Chassis/Drivetrain ||40094200 |
|Tubes, pipes and hoses of vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber, reinforced or combined with other materials nesoi*, with fittings |
|Auto Tires and Tubes ||40121980 |
|Retreaded pneumatic tires (nonradials), of rubber, not elsewhere specified or included |
|Chassis/Drivetrain ||73181600 ||Iron or steel, nuts |
|Chassis/Drivetrain ||73202010 ||Iron or steel, helical springs, suitable for motor-vehicle suspension |
|Bodies and Parts ||83021030 ||Iron or steel, aluminum, or zinc hinges and base metal parts thereof, designed for motor vehicles |
| ||84122100 ||Hydraulic power engines and motors, linear acting (cylinders) |
| ||84135000 ||Reciprocating positive displacement pumps for liquids, not fitted with a measuring device, nesi |
|Engines and Parts ||84139110 ||Parts of fuel-injection pumps for compression-ignition engines |
|Engines and Parts ||84139190 ||Parts of pumps, nesi |
|Electric Components ||84143080 ||Compressors of a kind used in refrigerating equipment (incl. air conditioning) exceeding 1/4 horsepower |
|Engines and Parts ||84145930 ||Turbocharger and supercharger fans |
|Electric Components ||84159080 ||Parts for air conditioning machines, nesi |
|Chassis/Drivetrain ||84213940 ||Catalytic converters |
|Engines and Parts ||84213980 ||Filtering or purifying machinery and apparatus for gases, other than intake air filters for internal combustion engines or catalytic conv. |
|Miscellaneous Parts ||84311000 ||Parts suitable for use solely or principally with the machinery of heading 8425 |
| ||84811000 ||Pressure-reducing valves for pipes, boiler shells, tanks, vats or the like |
| ||84812000 ||Valves for oleohydraulic or pneumatic transmissions (VVT Solenoids) |
|Chassis/Drivetrain ||84821050 ||Ball bearings other than ball bearings with integral shafts |
|Chassis/Drivetrain ||84822000 ||Tapered roller bearings, including cone and tapered roller assemblies |
|Chassis/Drivetrain ||84824000 ||Needle roller bearings |
|Chassis/Drivetrain ||84825000 ||Cylindrical roller bearings nesi |
| ||84834090 ||Gears and gearing, other than toothed wheels, chain sprockets and other transmission elements entered separately |
| ||84839010 ||Chain sprockets and parts thereof (timing chain kits) |
|Electric Components ||85013245 ||DC motors nesi, of an output exceeding 14.92 kW but not exceeding 75 kW, used as primary source of mechanical power for electric vehicles |
|Electric Components ||85079040 ||Parts of lead-acid storage batteries, including separators therefor |
|Electric Components ||85256010 ||Transceivers |
|Electric Components ||85364100 ||Relays for switching, protecting or making connections to or in electrical circuits, for a voltage not exceeding 60 V |
|Electric Components ||85443000 ||Insulated ignition wiring sets and other wiring sets of a kind used in vehicles, aircraft or ships |
| ||90329061 ||Parts and accessories for automatic regulating or controlling instruments and apparatus, nesi |
|Bodies and Parts ||94019010 ||Parts of seats nesoi, for seats of a kind used for motor vehicles |
|April 23, 2018 |
|Due date for filing requests to appear and a summary of expected testimony at the public hearing and for filing pre-hearing submissions |
|May 11, 2018 |
|Due date for submission of written comments |
|May 15, 2018 |
|Public Hearing at the U.S. International Trade Commission (Washington, D.C.) |
|May 22, 2018 |
|Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments |
USTR is conducting a full review of the proposed action through a comment and hearing process to evaluate:
- Specific products that should be retained, removed or added;
- Level of tariff rate; and
- Aggregate level of trade impacted by duties.
Additionally, USTR requests commenters to address whether imposing duties on a particular product would be effective in addressing China’s policies and practices; and whether maintaining or imposing additional duties on a particular product would cause disproportionate economic harm to U.S. businesses and consumers.
All written submissions are due May 11, 2018
and can be sent electronically on www.regulations.gov
, docket number USTR-2018-0005. Please review the notice on how to send submissions containing business confidential information. All public submissions will be posted for public inspection.
The Section 301 Committee will hold a public hearing on May 15, 2018
at 10 a.m. ET at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Requests to appear at the hearing and a summary of the testimony is due by April 23, 2018
.Company Submission Template
- USTR has developed a public comment form
to assist companies with the submission process. You may utilize the form or submit your own letter/comments.
The Auto Care Association is also seeking input on how our members would be impacted by the proposed action. Please contact Paul Fiore and Angela Chiang
if you would like to include information in our submission to USTR regarding the impact of the proposed action on your business or our industry.