ANNOUNCEMENT 15 Jun 2018
June 15th, 2018 - The Chinese government announced a series of supplementary 25% tariffs on some US imports.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
PRC State Council Tariffs and Tax Standards Commission, June 15th, 2018. (税委会公告﹝2018﹞5号 国务院关税税则委员会关于对原产于美国500亿美元进口商品加征关税的公告)
Ibid., December 14th, 2018. (税委会公告〔2018〕10号 关于对原产于美国的汽车及零部件暂停加征关税的公告)
On June 15th, 2018, the Chinese government announced a further round of tariffs that would be levied on goods from the United States.
The new 25% tariff is supplementary to any existing tariffs imposed on the affected goods.
For 545 tariff lines, including some agricultural goods, automobiles and aquatic products, the tariff was imposed from July 6th onwards. A second list of goods was also announced, but with no implementation date.
The move comes as a response to recent US tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, which, according to this annoucement, constitute a 'serious violation of [China's] legal rights; threatening the wellbeing of both the nation and its people.'
UPDATE: On December 14th, the State Council Tariffs and Tax Standards Commission released Shuiweihui Gonggao 2018/10, which cancelled some of the tariffs pursuant to talks at the G20 summit. 28 tariffs from the June 15th announcement were waived, related to automotive products.
The cancelled tariffs are scheduled to last from January to March of 2019, depending on negotiations.
UPDATE 2: On September 11th, 2019, the Chinese State Council Tariffs and Tax Standards Commission temporarily suspended tariffs on three items (at HS 6-digit level, namely some plant meals and whey) from the June 2018 list of goods. Please see related act for full information.
In addition to the tariffs taking effect from July 2018, a second list of 114 goods earmarked for the same 25% supplementary tariff was announced, with 'details on implementation time to come in a separate announcement'.
The second list included chemicals, medical equipment and some items related to the energy industry.