chinese imports 301 tariffs


On March 22, 2018, President Trump signed a memorandum announcing that the United States would take multiple steps to protect American technology and intellectual property from certain discriminatory and burdensome trade practices by China.

These actions were announced following a Section 301 report by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) regarding China’s acts, policies and practices with respect to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation.

The president has directed the following actions be taken in response to findings that China’s trade policies and practices are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce:

  • Tariffs – USTR will publish a proposed list of products identified to be benefiting from Chinese industrial policies (e.g., Made in China 2025) imported from China that would be subject to an additional tariff. See additional information regarding products subject to the tariffs below.
  • WTO Dispute – USTR has filed a request for consultations with China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to address China’s discriminatory technology licensing practices.
  • Investment Restrictions – The Treasury Department has been directed to propose restrictions on investment by China in sensitive U.S. technology.

Section 301 Resources


+ How to Navigate the Section 301 Tariffs

+ First Tariff List and Product Exclusion Requests

+ Second Tariff List and Product Exclusion Requests

+ Third Tariff List

+ Fourth Tariff List

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