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U.S. calls for increase on Chinese tariffs for steel products

An ongoing Section 301 investigation could lead to tariff increases on Chinese steel and aluminum products

Steel tariffs

Tripling tariffs on Chinese steel products

On April 17, the U.S. administration called on the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to consider tripling the existing 301 tariff rate on certain Chinese steel and aluminum from the current 7.5% tariff. The administration also announced its plans to work with Mexico to prevent China’s evasion of tariffs on steel and aluminum imported through Mexico into the U.S.

As reported by the Financial Times, Chinese steel exports are set to match or exceed levels from last year, when exports rose to about 90mn tons – the highest level in seven years.

Investigations into China’s maritime, logistics, and shipbuilding

That same day, the USTR launched a Section 301 investigation into China's efforts to dominate the logistics, and shipbuilding sectors following a petition from five national labor unions. A Section 301(b) investigation examines whether the acts, policies, or practices are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce. If the allegations are substantiated, they could increase tariffs on specific steel and aluminum products.

Tariff increases will be determined after the USTR completes its ongoing review. To learn more information, view the official White House fact sheet here. DSV remains committed to keeping you informed and assisting you in your business operations. Should you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your local DSV representative or email us at

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