By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a list of about 1,300 product categories covering nearly $50 billion worth of U.S. imports from China that could be subject to a proposed 25% tariff. The product list includes chemicals, metal products, machinery, measurement and medical devices, weapons and seats for aircraft and motor vehicles. The list is subject to public comment and revision. A public hearing is scheduled for May 15 before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Parties interested in appearing at the hearing must register by April 23. Written comments are due by May 11.
The tariffs could go into effect in June or even later. The list could also be reduced if U.S./Chinese negotiators make progress on addressing trade disputes. The U.S. is pressing for more equitable tariffs and free trade and an end to practices that force companies to transfer their technology to China. The Chinese have threatened retaliatory tariffs, many of which are targeted at U.S. agricultural products.
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