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Ref. : EIC 111/2/18
EIC 111/3
EIC 111/3/13
CR EIC 111/1/13/3

19 June 2018

Dear Sirs,

Commercial Information Circular No. 582/2018

US : Tariff Lists on Certain Products of Mainland China Subject to Additional Tariffs under Section 301 Investigation

Further to Commercial Information Circular No. 319/2018 of 4 April 2018 regarding the proposed list of products imported from Mainland China that could be subject to an additional 25% duty under the US' Section 301 investigation, the US Trade Representative (USTR) released on 15 June 2018 two sets of US tariff lines for additional duties. The first set contains 818 tariff lines which will be subject to an additional duty of 25% with effect on 6 July 2018. The second set contains 284 proposed tariff lines which will undergo further review in a public notice and comment process, including a public hearing, before a final determination on the finalized product list that would be subject to the additional duties.

DETAILS

2.Following the USTR's Section 301 investigation findings released on 22 March 2018, the US President announced that the US would impose additional tariffs on certain Chinese imports and take other actions. The USTR accordingly published on 3 April 2018 the proposed list of products covering approximately 1,300 tariff lines imported from Mainland China that could be subject to an additional 25% duty.

3.After a public comment process, the USTR announced on 15 June 2018 two sets of US tariff lines for additional duties. The first set contains 818 tariff lines, essentially out of the original about 1,300 tariff lines that were published in early April 2018 and covers approximately US$34 billion worth of imports from China. The list includes industrial sectors such as aerospace, information and communications technology, robotics, industrial machinery, new materials, and automobiles. USTR has determined to impose an additional duty of 25% on these 818 tariff lines with effect from 6 July 2018.

4.The second set contains 284 proposed tariff lines relating to the "Made in China 2025" industrial policy and covers approximately US$16 billion worth of imports from China, which will undergo further review in a public notice and comment process, including a public hearing scheduled for 24 July 2018. Written comments must be submitted to the USTR by 23 July 2018. After completion of this process, USTR will issue a final determination on the products from the second set that would be subject to the additional duties.

5.For further details of the US' actions in response to the Section 301investigation, please refer to the relevant USTR press release and notice:

USTR press release
https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2018/june/ustr-issues-tariffs-chinese-products

USTR notice
https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2018-0018%20notice%206-15-2018_.pdf

ENQUIRIES

6.For enquiries concerning the content of this circular, please contact the undersigned at 3403 6099.

Yours faithfully,

(Jasper LAM)
for Director-General of Trade and Industry

Note: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, the Department cannot guarantee this to be so and will not be held liable for any reliance placed on the same.