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US proposes tariff increase on Chinese imports

Following the four-year review of the China Section 301 tariff investigations, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has decided to propose increasing tariffs on some Chinese imports.

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On May 14, 2024, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) proposed modifications on select Chinese-origin products in various sectors, in accordance with Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. This move marks the conclusion of the USTR's obligatory four-year review, assessing the Section 301 tariffs previously enforced by the prior Administration on various Chinese products.

The proposed modifications are:

  • Battery parts (non-lithium-ion batteries) increase rate to 25% in 2024
  • Electric vehicles increase rate to 100% in 2024
  • Facemasks increase rate to 25% in 2024
  • Lithium-ion electrical vehicle batteries increase rate to 25% in 2024
  • Lithium-ion non-electrical vehicle batteries increase rate to 25% in 2026
  • Medical gloves increase rate to 25% in 2026
  • Natural graphite increase rate to 25% in 2026
  • Other critical minerals increase rate to 25% in 2024
  • Permanent magnets increase rate to 25% in 2026
  • Semiconductors increase rate to 50% in 2025
  • Ship to shore cranes increase rate to 25% in 2024
  • Solar cells (whether or not assembled into modules) increase rate to 50% in 2024
  • Steel and aluminum products increase rate to 25% in 2024
  • Syringes and needles increase rate to 50% in 2024

 

Additionally, the proposal recommends:

  • Establishing an exclusion process targeting machinery used in domestic manufacturing, including proposals for 19 exclusions for certain solar manufacturing equipment.
  • Allocating additional funds to United States Customs and Border Protection for greater enforcement of Section 301 actions.
  • Greater collaboration and cooperation between private companies and government authorities to combat state-sponsored technology theft.
  • Continuing to assess approaches to support diversification of supply chains to enhance our own supply chain resilience.

 

The USTR has issued a Federal Register notice announcing procedures for interested persons to comment on the proposed modifications and information concerning an exclusion process for machinery used in domestic manufacturing.

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 customs.services@us.dsv.com.

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