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Section 301 List 4 is being Considered

Section 301 List 4 is being Considered

25% Additional Duty on almost all Remaining Imports from China

Submit your Comments to USTR Today

There is a new announcement that President Trump is considering 25% additional tariffs on almost all remaining imports from China into the United States which add up to a trade value of approximately $300 billion. This would encompass “List 4” and can be found here.

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We summarized some of the items and listed them out below:

Section 1

  • live animals, meat cuts
  • dairy
  • flowers
  • produce
  • coffee, tea, spices, nuts, olive oil
  • sugar, glucose/fructose syrup
  • cocoa and chocolate
  • preps for infant use
  • juices, sauces
  • alcohol, tobacco
  • clothes, footwear
  • umbrellas
  • wigs
  • porcelain and ceramics
  • kitchenware and appliances
  • pearls and synthetic stones or jewelry
  • metal, steel, iron, aluminum
  • machinery for different industries
  • tools and power tools
  • batteries
  • lighting
  • hygiene products including hair accessories
  • telephones, speakers, recording devices
  • storage devices
  • household electronics including TVs
  • motorcycles
  • floating docks
  • optical wear and contact lenses
  • photography devices
  • watches and clocks
  • musical instruments
  • fire arms, sporting equipment
  • household cleaning supplies
  • pens & pencils
  • cigarette lighters
  • diapers
  • and more.

Section 2

  • infant, toddler and children items including:
    • high chair
    • booster seats
    • swings
    • safety seats
    • play yards
    • infant walkers

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments and will hold a public hearing regarding this proposed modification.

Submission Dates

To be assured of consideration, you must submit comments and responses in accordance with the following schedule:

  • June 10, 2019: Due date for filing requests to appear and a summary of expected testimony at the public hearing.
  • June 17, 2019: Due date for submission of written comments.
  • June 17, 2019: The Section 301 Committee will convene a public hearing in the main hearing room of the U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW Washington DC 20436 that begins at 9:30 a.m.

Seven days after the last day of the public hearing: Due date for submission of post-hearing rebuttal comments

Who Should Submit Comments

USTR requests comments with respect to any aspect of the proposed action, including:

  • The specific tariff subheadings to be subject to increased duties, including whether the subheadings listed in the Annex should be retained or removed, or whether subheadings not currently on the list should be added.
  • The level of the increase, if any, in the rate of duty.
  • The appropriate aggregate level of trade to be covered by additional duties.

In commenting on the inclusion or removal of particular tariff subheadings listed in the Annex, USTR requests that commenters address specifically whether imposing increased duties on a particular product would be practicable or effective to obtain the elimination of China’s acts, policies, and practices, and whether imposing additional duties on a particular product would cause disproportionate economic harm to U.S. interests, including small or medium-size businesses and consumers.

How to Submit Comments

All written submissions must be in English and sent electronically

  1. Go to
  2. Insert the Docket Number USTR-2019-0004 in the search field.  The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with this docket.
  3. Find a reference to this notice and click on the link titled ‘comment now!’

For further information on using the website, consult the resources provided on the website by clicking on ‘How to Use’ on the bottom of the home page.  They will not accept hand-delivered submissions.

The full list of instructions can be found on Page 4 of the USTR Notice.



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. List 1, effective July 6, 2018 places an additional duty rate of 25% on $34 billion worth of goods from China.  List 2, effective August 23, 2018 places an additional duty rate of 25% on $16 billion worth of goods from China.  List 3, effective September 24, 2018 places an additional 10% on $200 billion worth of goods from China, and an increase up to 25% of these goods was imposed on June 15, 2019.  List 1, 2, and 3 tariffs currently at 25% will jump to 30% on October 15, 2019.  There are some exceptions to these tariffs through a product exclusion process.  List 4a is scheduled for September 1, 2019 and List 4b is scheduled for December 15, 2019.

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.


To review Section 301, visit this helpful Resource Page

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Download each Section 301 List below:

View List 4a Effective Sept 1

View List 4b Effective Dec 15

Section 301 List 1
Section 301 List 2 Section 301 List 3  


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