The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced this morning that it will exclude some Chinese imports from 10 percent tariffs and delay duties on others until mid-December 2019.
Most of the Section 301 tariffs will go into effect on Sept. 1, as announced by President Trump earlier this month, however “Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent,” USTR said in a statement.
“Further, as part of USTR’s public comment and hearing process, it was determined that the tariff should be delayed to December 15 for certain articles,” the statement added. “Products in this group include, for example, cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing.”
The USTR is conducting an exclusion process for products and will provide details today on the USTR’s website as well as in the Federal Register.
The full USTR press release can be found here.