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US punitive tariffs on China apparel and textiles imports - details now in re:source

By Andrew Leighton | 19 August 2019

As covered by just-style, the punitive US-China tariff war continues to play out, with the latest move seeing all items of apparel imported from China to the US being subject to a 10% punitive import tariff at some point this year, which of course is on top of the existing Most Favoured Nation (MFN) tariff rates. These punitive rates begin to come into force 1st September.

After the first round of September tariff hikes, a second round of the same 10% increase will be applied to all remaining apparel items 15th December.

The lists of products subject to these tariff rates are classified by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) under "tranches", with "Tranche 4A" being the group affected on 1st September and "Tranche 4B" on 15th December.

Prior to Tranche 4, Tranche 3 came into effect on the 10th May this year, with a 25% rate applied to most China-imported apparel materials (fibres, fabrics, yarn etc).

One trivial issue is that the USTR release huge all-encompassing lists in text format, so any self-respecting trade compliance analyst has to weed out industry sectors not of interest and then, when trying to copy the lists into Excel, product descriptions are split into separate rows, which means manual effort to pull together meaningful lists to analyse. 

The good news is our analysts have taken the USTR text-based lists and compiled an Excel file with just the apparel- and textile-related codes. The Excel has a separate worksheet for each tranche of tariffs scheduled. It also contains the lists of retaliatory tariffs imposed by China on its imports from the US.

Tranche 4A contains 567 apparel products, whilst 4B contains 78, or 88% and 12% respectively of apparel products classified.

You can read the latest summary notes from our analysts on the situation in re:source here and download the Excel file at the foot of the page.

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