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Sept. 1 China Tariffs: USITC Takes Steps to Help Users Find HTS Numbers Affected

Tariffs on a new group of imports from China are scheduled to take effect on September 1, 2019.  The additional 2000+ products covered by the tariffs were listed in a Federal Register notice published by the U.S. Trade Representative on August 20, 2019.

Because of the short time between the announcement of the products affected and the effective date of the tariffs, the U.S. International Trade Commission will be unable to cross-reference the Chapter 99 updates with other HTS chapters, as it has done in the past. 

To assist HTS users seeking to determine if their imports are affected, the USITC is taking the following actions:

  • The HTS numbers of products covered by the tariffs that are effective as of September 1, 2019, were outlined in Annex A of the USTR’s August 20, 2019, Federal Register notice.   The USITC will post a link to Annex A on the HTS-by-Chapter page at https://hts.usitc.gov/current.  The link is labeled “China Tariffs.”

HTS users should use the “China Tariffs” link rather than searching other HTS chapters to locate affected products.The list at this link is searchable by HTS number.

  • The USITC will post the full August 20, 2019, HTS notice, with all annexes, on the “2019 Modifications to the HTS” page here:  https://www.usitc.gov/modifications_harmonized_tariff_schedule.htm  This page also includes links to earlier USTR Federal Register notices announcing previous rounds of tariffs on imports from China.

Importers with questions about the tariffs can contact the USTR Section 301 Hotline at 202-395-5725. 

Those with technical questions about the HTS or the new links can contact the USITC at https://www.usitc.gov/tariff_affairs/hts_help.