Section 301 Chinese Imports List 3 to Increase to 25%

Section 301 Chinese Imports List 3 to Increase to 25%

An uptick from 10% to 25% on May 10, 2019

President Trump has threatened to start imposing an additional 25% tax for the third tranche of Section 301 tariffs, also known as List 3, to go into effect on May 10, 2019.  These Chinese imports are currently taxed with a 10% additional duty and were originally planned to increase to 25% by January 1, 2019.  The additional 25% tax was delayed indefinitely until just now.  The announcement came as a tweet on Sunday, May 5, 2019 as seen below:


In another tweet, President Trump also threatened to impose an additional 25% duty on all remaining imports from China. See below:

China and the United States have recently been in ongoing trade talks, and according to Yahoo News, the President made these announcements to increase pressure on China to reach a trade deal. The Yahoo News article goes on to state, “United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, including details that China was pulling back from some commitments it made previously, prompted Trump’s decision and jab on Twitter at Beijing.”

“Chinese officials are scheduled to meet their U.S. counterparts in Washington on Wednesday after meeting in Beijing last week for a round that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin described as ‘productive.'”


Furthermore, several exclusions have been announced for some Section 301 imports from China.  In fact, according to Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, “The Trump administration recently approved more requests for exclusions from the additional tariffs it has imposed on imports from China but has not issued any additional denials over the last month, according to information made available by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Most such requests are still under consideration but USTR is making progress in conducting its reviews.”




On August 18, 2017, USTR initiated an investigation into certain acts, policies and practices of the Government of China related to technology transfer, intellectual property and innovation (82 FR 40213). During the investigation, the Trade Representative determined that the acts, policies and practices of China under investigation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce, and are thus actionable under Section 301(b) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (Trade Act).

In response, President Trump initiated a number of actions which imposed ad valorem tariffs on certain imports originating in China.  Four separate lists have been announced.  To view the most up to date information, check out our debriefing on Section 301 Imports from China.  This post indicates effective dates, duty rates, and more.

What to do

Scarbrough Consulting, Inc. is offering a free 30-minute consultation to any company that may be affected by the Section 301 announcements.  Please send an email to or fill out the form below.  Our Global Trade Experts and Licensed Customs brokers are here to help.

Other ways to Learn More about Duty Savings

If the Section 301 tariffs are affecting your company, watch this webinar recording to learn more.  Scarbrough’s President and COO, Adam Hill, along with Patrick Caulfield, an attorney at GDLSK, an international trade and customs law firm, talk about legal opportunities to recover or avoid paying duty to CBP.  This is an interactive webinar set up as a question/answer forum.


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