The Trump Administration, through the United States Trade Representative (USTR), recently announced its intention to impose new import tariffs of 10 percent on an additional $200 billion in products imported from China.

The announcement lays out proposed tariffs on hundreds of imports categorized in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS).

While many HTSUS subheadings are chemicals and raw materials, many categories apply to finished products. Several of these new categories clearly would impact sportfishing products such as cast nets; apparel and accessories such as plastic rain gear, fishing baskets and creels; and inflatable boats.

New $200 Billion List of Product Subject to Import Duties/How to Respond/Appeal

The full list of HTSUS categories proposed for these new tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods can be found here, starting on page 11.

You may also copy and paste the full URL into your browser.

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/301/2018-0026%20China%20FRN%207-10-2018_0.pdf

TAKE ACTION – How Should ASA Members Respond

ASA members should review this list to see if any of your company products/HTSUS import codes would be impacted by this latest proposed action.

If your company’s products are covered by HTSUS Codes on the list and subject to the new proposed tariffs — USTR will accept public comment submissions received by August 17, 2018.

USTR requests that comments provide specific tariff subheadings, the level of increase in the rate of duty and the appropriate aggregate level of trade that is covered by additional duties.

Comments should also address economic harm to your business and consumers.

Comments/submissions must be in English and must be sent electronically regarding docket number USTR-2018-0026.

USTR states it will not accept hand-delivered comment submissions. The comment website can be found at this link.

You may also copy and paste the full URL into your browser.

https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=USTR-2018-0026-0001

ASA will work with you to facilitate communication between you and your U.S. Senators and Representatives to ensure they are aware of these impacts.

Please let ASA know if your products are proposed for new tariffs and provide ASA a copy of your submission to USTR should you submit comments.

Please send your information to Government Affairs Vice President, Scott Gudes, at sgudes@asafishing.org.

Background

In 2017, the Administration/USTR initiated a Section 301 (Trade Act of 1974) investigation of unfair trading acts and infringement of intellectual property by China.

Over $500 billion in products are imported annually from China while U.S. exports to China total only $130 billion. The Section 301 investigation determined that China was guilty of following unfair practices. Following unsuccessful trade negotiations, the Administration announced its decision to begin imposing tariffs on Chinese imports.

On July 6, 2018, the Administration levied a 25 percent tariff on $34 billion in imports from China and proposed a second list worth $16 billion.

China has responded by imposing its own retaliatory tariffs on $50 billion worth of U.S. products, for example against agricultural imports. The Administration has now proposed a new list of tariffs proposed for $200 billion in Chinese imports.