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UPDATE:  Tariffs are HERE.

UPDATE: Tariffs are HERE.

UPDATED September 17, 2019:


President Trump announced via twitter that the increase of additional 5% tariffs on Chinese goods scheduled for October 1st has been delayed to October 15th.

This delay impacts Chinese goods captured on Lists 1, 2 and 3, and does not impact goods captured by List 4 or those that have received product exclusions.

Please find the links to Lists 1, 2 and 3 below for your reference:

List 1 – 30% as of October 15 – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2018-13248.pdf

List 2 – 30% as of October 15 – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/2018-17709.pdf

List 3 – 30% as of October 15 – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/Tariff%20List%20%2883%20FR%2047974%2C%20as%20amended%20and%20modified%20by%2083%20FR%2049153%29.pdf

To search for a specific tariff number to determine if the tariff is subject to the 301 tariff, please utilize this link: https://ustr.gov/issue-areas/enforcement/section-301-investigations/search

Sunset Says: Sunset customers are encouraged again to check their HS Codes against the most current list provided by USTR for immediate changes effective September 1, and what is anticipated to take effect in December 2019.  

Many of the items excluded from the September list are major electronic items such as laptops, cell phones, etc., to ease the impact on the consumer holiday season, as these items currently will now be captured on the December increase.

It’s very likely there are Sunset customers who will be impacted by these additional increases; they will be best served by evaluating and planning ahead for this 10% increase both September AND December, and adjust to account for the financial impacts this legislation. We’re here to help!

Liberty Baugher, Supervisor, Logistics Management Team


September 2, 2019 —
The official publications for the tariff increases are now available. On August 24th, President Trump announced that the rate of tariffs worth $250 billion on Chinese imports will increase from 25% to 30% starting October 1. This will be effective for all three list that are currently at 25%. The official publication can be found at the following link:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/03/2019-18946/request-for-comments-concerning-proposed-modification-of-action-pursuant-to-section-301-chinas-acts

He also advised that the tariffs set on List 4A will increase from 10% to 15% effective September 1 and List 4B will increase to 15% on December 15th. The official publication can be found at the following link:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/30/2019-18838/notice-of-modification-of-section-301-action-chinas-acts-policies-and-practices-related-to

In summary, the following are the tariff increases and the links for each list:

List 1 – 30% as of October 1 – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2018-13248.pdf

List 2 – 30% as of October 1 – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/2018-17709.pdf

List 3 – 30% as of October 1 – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/Tariff%20List%20%2883%20FR%2047974%2C%20as%20amended%20and%20modified%20by%2083%20FR%2049153%29.pdf

List 4A – 15% as of September 1 – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/List_4A_%28Effective_September_1%2C_2019%29.pdf

List 4B – 15% as of December 1 – https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/301Investigations/List_4B_%28Effective_December_15%2C_2019%29.pdf


August 20, 2019–
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced the next steps in the process of imposing an additional tariff of 10 percent on approximately $300 billion of Chinese imports.

The tariff on List 4A goods will be applicable to products entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after 12:01 a.m. EDT on September 1, 2019. Such goods must be entered under HTSUS 9903.88.15.

The tariff on List 4B goods will be applicable to products entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after 12:01 a.m. EDT on December 15. Such goods must be entered under HTSUS 9903.88.16.

Further, as part of USTR’s public comment and hearing process, it was determined that the tariff should be delayed to December 15 for certain articles. Products in this group include, for example, cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing.

Source: https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2019/august/ustr-announces-next-steps-proposed