Sports apparel and footwear is subject to the newly announced tariffs from 1 September

Sports apparel and footwear is subject to the newly announced tariffs from 1 September

"There will be no grace period" for sports apparel and footwear imported into the US from China, which are among the products set to be hit by the US Administration's September round of tariffs.

The Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) says the whole industry will be impacted by the move.

"There will be no grace period for products on the water on 1 September. All Chinese imports must arrive at a US port by 1 September to avoid the new tariffs," says Bill Sells, SFIA's senior vice president of government and public affairs, who met with the office of the US Trade Representative earlier this week. 

"Any Chinese imports not unloaded at a US port by September 1st will be subject to the new tariffs, unless they have received an exemption or exclusion."

The comments come after US President Donald Trump this week said an additional 10% tariff on US$300bn worth of Chinese goods will be postponed for some items.

The tariffs had been due to go up from 1 September, but this will be delayed to 15 December for some of the products Tranche 4B (effective 15 December 2019). The list includes some apparel and footwear items, as well as cellphones, laptops, computers and toys.

The original Tranche 4A (effective 1 September 2019) list, however, continues to include the majority of footwear and apparel items imported into the US from China, and will incur additional tariffs from the beginning of next month.