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China Waives Tariffs on U.S. Products

China Waives Tariffs on 16 U.S. Products

Tariffs include 16 U.S. Products

According to the South China Morning Post, China has just announced that it is waiving import tariffs on 16 different U.S. products into China.  The tariff exemptions include shrimp, some insecticides, animal feed products including fish meal and whey, and some cancer treatment drugs and lubricants.  Furthermore, South China Morning Post also posted, “China has announced that it will exclude imports of US soybeans, pork and other farm goods from additional trade war tariffs, opening the door for significant purchases of agricultural products. The official Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday that China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce made the exemption in response to the US’ decision of postpone an increase in the tariff rate on $250 billion of Chinese goods from October 1 to October 15.”

The exemptions go into effect on September 17, 2019 and expire September 16, 2020.

China Retaliation

Ahead of Upcoming Trade Talks

“Deputy trade negotiators are due to meet in Washington in mid-September, with minister-level talks to follow in October. Exact dates for the meetings have not been released,” in accordance to Reuters.

Refunds Available

Chinese importers will be eligible for refunds of ad valorem tariffs paid on the following goods and have six months to apply:
  • cold water shrimp & pawns
  • alfalfa meal & pellets
  • other alfalfa
  • fish meals & flours used in animal feed
  • lubricating oils
  • lubricating grease
  • pesticides tirpate, thiocyclam, trithialan, polythiacycloalkane, etc. including phosfolan methyl, kadethrin, buprofezin, metoxadiazone, indoxacarb
  • anti-cancer drugs dicetabine, fluorourea glycoside, cyclophosphamide, gefitinib, capecitabine, retecase, fludarabine phosphate, tegafur, cytarabine hydrochloride, gemcitabine hydrochloride, ectinib hydrochloride, isocyclophosphamide
  • organic non-ionic surface active agents
  • lubricants with less than 70 percent mineral oil
  • other lubricating preparations
  • medical linear accelerators
Chinese importers will not be eligible for refunds on the following items already paid, but will be exempt from the additional tax moving forward:
  • whey for feed purposes
  • mold release agents
  • isoalkane solvent
  • basic oils for lubricating oils

To gather more details and a list of HTS numbers associated with the items mentioned above, visit Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg online.

The Exemptions Don’t Include…

The article goes on to state China’s “exempted list pales in comparison to over 5,000 types of U.S. products that are already subject to China’s additional tariffs. Moreover, major U.S. imports, such as soybeans and pork, are still subject to hefty additional duties, as China has ramped up imports from Brazil and other supplying countries”… “Beijing has said it would work on exempting some U.S. products from tariffs if they are not easily substituted from elsewhere. The United States is by far China’s largest supplier of whey, which is an important ingredient in piglet feed and difficult to source in large volumes from elsewhere.”

A Summary of China’s Retaliation

China has retaliated with a number of lists in response to both the Section 232 and Section 301 tariffs imposed on their goods into the United States.

View Summary of China Retaliation Tariffs


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