The Office of the United States Trade Representative posted a notice late Tuesday outlining measures to take further action against China following their retaliation earlier this week.  This notice outlines supplemental measures to be taken in the form of an additional 10% duty on a substantially larger list of products worth an annual trade value of approximately $200 billion.  The list includes:

  • agricultural products;
  • meat and fish;
  • prepared foodstuffs and beverages;
  • mineral and chemical products;
  • articles of rubber or plastics;
  • raw hides, furs and articles of leather;
  • articles of pulp, wood, cork or paper;
  • silk and silk products;
  • yarns and fabrics of various compositions and construction;
  • headwear;
  • articles of stone, ceramic and glass;
  • articles of precious metals or base metals;
  • machinery and electrical equipment;
  • locomotives, vehicles, vessels and their parts;
  • optical, photographic, measuring, checking, precision instruments and apparatus;
  • clocks and watches;
  • seats, chairs, furniture and their parts;
  • mattresses and mattress parts;
  • lighting, lighting fixtures and parts;
  • prefabricated buildings and displays;
  • buttons and fasteners;
  • artwork and antiques

 

As with the initial 301 action against China, this proposal is open for public hearing and commentary.  Dates of importance are:

  • July 27, 2018 – deadline for filing a request to appear at the public hearing
  • August 17, 2018  – deadline for submission of written comments
  • August 20-23, 2018 – public hearing in Washington, DC
  • August 30, 2018 – deadline for post-hearing rebuttal comments
  • Final notice and action to be published thereafter

 

The text of the notice is found at https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/301/2018-0026%20China%20FRN%207-10-2018_0.pdf   and includes the full listing of proposed articles and instructions for participation in the commentary period. 

We will continue to monitor this initiative and provide updates as soon as they are available.