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Trade and Industry Department The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
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One-stop service platform by the Trade and Industry Department on the United States' trade restrictive measures and the trade conflict between the US and the Mainland:

Tel: 2398 5405; Email: acr_reg@tid.gov.hk
 

Key Developments of US / Mainland Trade Conflicts

The US and the Mainland are respectively the world's largest and second largest economies, and are Hong Kong's important trading partners. The Government has been closely monitoring the various trade protectionist measures imposed by the US as well as developments of the trade conflict between the Mainland and the US, in particular the additional tariff measures by the US arising from the reports of the "Section 232 investigation" relating to the threatening and impairment of US national security by global imports of steel and aluminium products as well as the "Section 301 investigation" concerning the Mainland's intellectual property issues.

US "Section 301 Investigation" Tariff Measures

Following the US Trade Representative'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 (CIC No. 293/2018). In this relation, the US Trade Representative (USTR) has announced lists of Mainland products subject to additional tariffs and the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council of China has announced relevant responsive measures in the light of US trade restrictive measures (details).  After rounds of trade talks, the US and China signed the Phase One trade agreement on 15 January 2020. 

The product lists subject to additional tariffs of the US and the Mainland are summarized below:-

US
  First List Second List Third List Fourth List
List 4A
(See Annex A)
List 4B
(See Annex C)
Effective Date 6 July 2018 23 August 2018 24 September 2018 1 September 2019 Suspended
(originally scheduled for
15 December 2019)
No. of Tariff Lines 818 279 5,733 3,233 550
Total Value of Products US$34 billion US$16 billion US$200 billion US$300 billion
Additional Tariff Level 25%
(15 October 2019: 30% - Suspended)
15%
(14 February 2020: 7.5%)
15%
(suspended)
Products excluded pursuant to exclusion request mechanism -
First List First batch (updated), Second batch (updated), Third batch (updated), Fourth batch (updated), Fifth batch (updated), Sixth batch (updated), Seventh batch (updated), Eighth batch (updated)
Second List First batch (updated), Second batch (updated), Third batch (updated)
Third List First batch, Second batch, Third batch, Fourth batch, Fifth batch, Sixth batch, Seventh batch (updated), Eighth batch (updated), Ninth batch, Tenth batch, Eleventh batch, Twelfth batch, Thirteenth batch, Fourteenth batch (updated)
Extension of certain product exclusions (new)
Fourth List List 4A First batch, Second batch, Third batch, Fourth batch (updated), Fifth batch, Sixth batch, Seventh batch, Eighth batch
Extension of certain product exclusions (new)
Mainland
  First List Second List Third List
List 1A List 1B
Effective Date 6 July 2018 23 August 2018 24 September 2018 1 September 2019 Tentatively not be implemented (originally scheduled for 15 December 2019)
No. of Tariff Lines 545 333 5,207 1,717 3,361
Total Value of Products US$34 billion US$16 billion US$60 billion US$75 billion
Additional Tariff Level 25% 25% 5% to 25% 5% or 10%
(2.5% or 5% starting from 13:01 on 14 February 2020)
5% or 10%
(tentatively not be implemented)
Products granted temporary suspension from the additional tariffs (originally resumes on 15 December 2019 - tentatively not be implemented)-
211 tariff lines of vehicles and parts (Chinese only)
Products excluded pursuant to exclusion request mechanism -
First Batch First exclusion (updated), Second exclusion
Second Batch First exclusion, Second exclusion
US "Section 301 Investigation" Tariff Measures on Mainland Products Date
5 October 2020
5 October 2020
21 September 2020
(last updated on 5 October 2020)
21 September 2020
(last updated on 5 October 2020)
2 September 2020
(last updated on 8 October 2020)
17 August 2020
7 August 2020
(last updated on 8 October 2020)
7 August 2020
(updated on 25 August 2020)
4 August 2020
29 July 2020
(last updated on 10 August 2020)
22 July 2020
(last updated on 10 August 2020)
20 July 2020
10 July 2020
(last updated on
8 October 2020)
10 July 2020
(updated on 28 July 2020)
29 June 2020
26 June 2020
26 June 2020
10 June 2020
(last updated on 13 July 2020)
4 June 2020
4 June 2020
29 May 2020
(last updated on 3 July 2020)
25 May 2020
(last updated on 4 September 2020)
15 May 2020
(last updated on 29 May 2020)
12 May 2020
(last updated on 13 July 2020)
7 May 2020
6 May 2020
(last updated on 25 August 2020)
29 April 2020
(updated on 7 May 2020)
29 April 2020
(updated on 7 May 2020)
24 April 2020
(last updated on 16 July 2020)
9 April 2020
(updated on 14 April 2020)
27 March 2020
(last updated on 13 July 2020)
24 March 2020
(last updated on 16 July 2020)
23 March 2020
(updated on 26 March 2020)
23 March 2020
18 March 2020
(last updated on 31 March 2020)
16 March 2020
(updated on 18 March 2020)
16 March 2020
(last updated on 13 July 2020)
10 March 2020
(last updated on 13 July 2020)
2 March 2020
21 February 2020
(last updated on 29 May 2020)
10 February 2020
5 February 2020
(last updated on 25 August 2020)
16 January 2020
(last updated on 24 February 2020)
3 January 2020
(last updated on 22 April 2020)
23 December 2019
23 December 2019
16 December 2019
(updated on 19 December 2019)
13 December 2019
(last updated on 24 December 2019)
27 November 2019
(last updated on 9 December 2019)
8 November 2019
(last updated on 26 June 2020)
29 October 2019
(updated on 1 November 2019)
24 October 2019
(last updated on 25 August 2020)
21 October 2019
(updated on 28 October 2019)
14 October 2019
30 September 2019
(last updated on 17 July 2020)
30 September 2019
(last updated on 21 August 2020)
19 September 2019
(last updated on 8 October 2020)
19 September 2019
(last updated on 17 July 2020)
19 September 2019
(last updated on 8 June 2020)
12 September 2019
30 August 2019
26 August 2019
14 August 2019
(updated on 24 June 2020)
5 August 2019
2 August 2019
30 July 2019
(last updated on 21 August 2020)
9 July 2019
(last updated on 19 December 2019)
20 June 2019
4 June 2019
3 June 2019
15 May 2019
15 May 2019
10 May 2019
9 May 2019
7 May 2019
18 April 2019
21 March 2019
26 February 2019
28 December 2018
6 December 2018
28 September 2018
27 September 2018
19 September 2018
18 September 2018
17 August 2018
8 August 2018
8 August 2018
2 August 2018
11 July 2018
9 July 2018
6 July 2018
19 June 2018
4 April 2018
23 March 2018
US "Section 232 Investigation" Tariff Measures for Imported Steel and Aluminium
4 June 2020
25 May 2020
25 May 2020
20 May 2020
(updated on 15 June 2020)
4 May 2020
(updated on 5 May 2020)
6 February 2020
(updated on 24 February 2020)
11 June 2019
20 March 2018
16 March 2018
9 March 2018
22 February 2018
Relevant responsive measures of the Mainland in the light of the US trade restrictive measures:
16 September 2020
13 May 2020
25 February 2020
24 February 2020
11 February 2020
20 December 2019
16 December 2019
11 September 2019
26 August 2019
26 August 2019
14 May 2019
14 May 2019
2 April 2019
17 December 2018
19 September 2018
9 August 2018
6 August 2018
19 June 2018
6 April 2018
3 April 2018
26 March 2018
Various funding schemes and support services help companies improve their competitiveness and respond to changes and challenges in the business environment :
Relief Measures Announced by the Government
Funding Schemes

Trade and Industry Department:
Innovation and Technology Commission:
Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation:
Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited:
Other Support
Other useful information
US
Mainland China
US tariff schedule for goods entering the US: