Corrected: Latest $200bn US tariff proposal includes many Chinese chems

Source: ICIS News

2018/07/11

Correction: In the ICIS article headlined "Latest $200bn US tariff proposal includes many Chinese chems" dated 11 July 2018, polyolefins were incorrectly identified as not listed. Please read the fifth paragraph as ... Nitrogen fertilizers and surfactants are included as well as caustic soda, titanium dioxide (TiO2), elastomers and certain polyolefins ... A corrected story follows.

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Several chemicals are included in the $200bn worth of tariffs that the US may impose on Chinese imports in the latest escalation of the trade war between the two countries.

The US will hold hearings on 20-23 August before imposing a 10% duty on the items in the list.

The list is massive, exceeding 6,000 products

It includes several industrial chemicals such as olefins, aromatics, alcohols, acetyls, acrylics, anhydrides, glycols and glycol ethers.

Nitrogen fertilizers and surfactants are included as well as caustic soda, titanium dioxide (TiO2), elastomers and certain polyolefins.

A full list can be found here.

For many products like ethane, none are imported by the US. Still, the inclusion of so many chemical products on the US list shows that the sector is becoming increasingly exposed to the trade war.

The US has already imposed 25% tariffs on several Chinese products, most of which are machines and industrial tools.

China responded with its own set of retaliatory tariffs on US products, which targets soybeans and other agricultural goods.

The US could move forward on a second set of tariffs on $16bn worth of goods, many of which are polyolefins and other polymers.

China responded with its own second set of tariffs that also targets several polymers.

The latest tariffs from the US would be on top of all of the other duties that have been adopted or imposed.

Below are many of the industrial chemicals and fertilizers covered by the $200bn worth of proposed tariffs.

HTSUS Code Product Description 2707.10.00 Benzene, from distillation of hi-temp coal tar or in which wt. of aromatic components o 2707.20.00 Toluene, from distillation of hi-temp coal tar or in which wt. of aromatic components o 2707.30.00 Xylenes, from distillation of hi-temp coal tar or in which wt. of aromatic components o 2707.99.51 Phenols > 50% by wt hydroxybenzene 2707.99.59 Phenols, nesoi 2710.12.25 Naphthas (exc. motor fuel 2710.12.45 Light oil mixt. of hydrocarbons fr petro oils & bitum min(o 2710.12.90 Light oils and preparations from petroleum oils & oils from bituminous min. or preps 70%+ by wt. from petro. oils or bitum. min., nesoi 2710.19.06 Distillate and residual fuel oil (including blends) derived from petroleum or oils from bituminous minerals, testing < 25 degrees A.P.I. 2710.19.11 Distillate and residual fuel oil (including blends) derived from petroleum oils or oil of bituminous minerals, testing 25 degree A.P.I. or > 2710.19.16 Kerosene-type jet fuel from petroleum oils and oils of bitumin minerals (o 2710.19.24 Kerosene motor fuel (not jet) from petro oils and bitumin minerals (o 2710.19.25 Kerosene motor fuel blending stock (not jet), from petro oils and bitumin. minerals (o 2710.19.26 Kerosene (ex. motor fuel 2710.19.45 Mixture of hydrocarbons from petro oils & bitum. min. or preps.70%+ by wt. fr. petro. oils, nesoi, n 2710.19.90 Petroleum oils & oils from bituminous minerals or preps nesoi 70%+ by wt. from petroleum oils or bitum. min., not waste, nesoi 2710.20.05 Dist and resid fuel oil (including blends) derived from petro or oils fr bitum min, testing under 25 degrees A.P.I., contng biodiesel 2710.20.10 Dist and resid fuel oil (including blends) derived from petro or oils fr bitum min testing 25 degree A.P.I. or >, contng biodiesel 2710.20.15 Kerosene-type jet fuel 2710.20.25 Kerosene (ex jet fuel,mtr ful 2711.11.00 Natural gas, liquefied 2711.12.00 Propane, liquefied 2711.13.00 Butanes, liquefied 2711.14.00 Ethylene, propylene, butylene and butadiene, liquefied 2711.19.00 Liquefied petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons, nesoi 2711.21.00 Natural gas, in gaseous state 2711.29.00 Petroleum gases and other gaseous hydrocarbons, except natural gas 2712.20.00 Paraffin wax (whether or not colored), obtained by synthesis or other process and less than 0.75% oil by wt. 2712.90.10 Montan wax (whether or not colored), obtained by synthesis or other process 2814.10.00 Anhydrous ammonia 2814.20.00 Ammonia in aqueous solution 2815.11.00 Sodium hydroxide (Caustic soda), solid 2815.12.00 Sodium hydroxide (Caustic soda), in aqueous solution (Soda lye or liquid soda) 2901.10.10 Ethane and butane 2901.10.30 n-Pentane and isopentane 2901.21.00 Ethylene 2901.22.00 Propene (Propylene) 2901.23.00 Butene (Butylene) and isomers thereof 2901.24.10 Buta-l,3-diene 2901.24.20 Isoprene, having a purity of 95 percent or more by weight 2901.24.50 Isoprene less than 95 percent pure 2902.11.00 Cyclohexane 2902.20.00 Benzene 2902.30.00 Toluene 2902.41.00 o-Xylene 2902.42.00 m-Xylene 2902.43.00 p-Xylene 2902.44.00 Mixed xylene isomers 2902.50.00 Styrene 2902.60.00 Ethylbenzene 2902.70.00 Cumene 2902.90.30 Alkylbenzenes and polyalkylbenzenes 2903.15.00 1,2-Dichloroethane (Ethylene dichloride) 2903.19.05 1,2-Dichloropropane (Propylene dichloride) and dichlorobutanes 2903.21.00 Vinyl chloride (Chloroethylene) 2905.11.10 Methanol (Methyl alcohol) imported only for use in producing synthetic natural gas (SNG) or for direct use as a fuel 2905.11.20 Methanol (Methyl alcohol), other than imported only for use in producing synthetic natural gas (SNG) or for direct use as fuel 2905.12.00 Propan-1-ol (Propyl alcohol) and Propan-2-ol (isopropyl alcohol) 2905.13.00 Butan-1-ol (n-Butyl alcohol) 2905.14.10 tert-Butyl alcohol, having a purity of less than 99 percent by weight 2905.14.50 Butanols other than butan-1-ol and tert-butyl alcohol having a purity of less than 99 percent by weight 2905.31.00 Ethylene glycol (Ethanediol) 2905.32.00 Propylene glycol (Propane-1,2-diol) 2905.39.10 Butylene glycol 2909.19.14 Methyl tertiay-butyl ether. (MTBE) 2909.19.18 Ethers of acyc monohydric alcohols & deriv, nesoi 2909.43.00 Monobutyl ethers of ethylene glycol or of diethylene glycol 2909.44.01 Monoalkyl ethers of ethylene glycol or of diethylene glycol 2909.49.20 Nonaromatic glycerol ethers 2910.10.00 Oxirane (Ethylene oxide) 2910.20.00 Methyloxirane (Propylene oxide) 2910.30.00 1-Chloro-2,3-epoxypropane (Epichlorohydrin) 2910.90.10 Butylene oxide 2910.90.20 Aromatic epoxides, epoxyalcohols, epoxyphenols and epoxyethers, with a three-membered ring, and their derivatives, nesoi 2910.90.91 Other nonaromatic epoxides, epoxyalcohols and epoxyethers, with a three-membered ring and their halogenated, sulfonated, nitrated or nitrosated deriv 2911.00.10 1,1-Bis-(1-methylethoxy)cyclohexane 2911.00.50 Acetals and hemiacetals, whether or not with other oxygen function, and their halogenated, sulfonated, nitrated or nitrosated derivatives 2912.11.00 Methanal (Formaldehyde) 2912.12.00 Ethanal (Acetaldehyde) 2912.19.25 Butanal (Butyraldehyde, normal isomer) 2912.19.40 Isobutanal 2912.19.50 Acyclic aldehydes without other oxygen function, nesoi 2914.11.10 Acetone, derived in whole or in part from cumene 2914.11.50 Acetone, not derived in whole or in part from cumene 2914.12.00 Butanone (Methyl ethyl ketone) 2914.13.00 4-Methylpentan-2-one (Methyl isobutyl ketone) 2914.22.10 Cyclohexanone 2914.22.20 Methylcyclohexanone 2914.23.00 Ionones and methylionones 2915.11.00 Formic acid 2915.12.00 Salts of formic acid 2915.13.10 Aromatic esters of formic acid 2915.13.50 Nonaromatic esters of formic acid 2915.21.00 Acetic acid 2915.24.00 Acetic anhydride 2915.31.00 Ethyl acetate 2915.32.00 Vinyl acetate 2915.33.00 n-Butyl acetate 2915.60.50 Butyric acids, valeric acids, their nonaromatic salts and esters 2915.70.01 Palmitic acid, stearic acid, their salts and esters 2915.90.10 Fatty acids of animal or vegetable origin, nesoi 2915.90.14 Valproic acid 2915.90.18 Saturated acyclic monocarboxylic acids, nesoi 2915.90.20 Aromatic anhydrides, halides, peroxides and peroxyacids, of saturated acyclic monocarboxylic acids, and their derivatives, nesoi 2915.90.50 Nonaromatic anhydrides, halides, peroxides and peroxyacids, of saturated acyclic monocarboxylic acids, and their derivatives, nesoi 2916.11.00 Acrylic acid and its salts 2916.12.10 Aromatic esters of acrylic acid 2916.12.50 Nonaromatic esters of acrylic acid 2916.13.00 Methacrylic acid and its salts 2916.15.10 Oleic, linoleic or linolenic acids 2916.15.51 Salts and esters of oleic, linoleic or linolenic acids 2917.12.10 Adipic acid 2917.12.20 Plasticizers of adipic acid salts and esters 2917.12.50 Adipic acid salts and esters, nesoi 2917.14.10 Maleic anhydride derived in whole or in part from benzene or other aromatic hydrocarbons 2917.14.50 Maleic anhydride, except derived in whole or in part from benzene or other aromatic hydrocarbons 2917.19.23 Maleic acid 2917.19.27 Succinic acid, glutaric acid, and their derivatives, and derivatives of adipic, fumeric and maleic acids, nesoi 2917.32.00 Dioctyl orthophthalates 2917.33.00 Dinonyl or didecyl orthophthalates 2917.34.01 Esters of orthophthalic acid, nesoi 2917.35.00 Phthalic anhydride 2917.36.00 Terephthalic acid and its salts 2917.37.00 Dimethyl terephthalate 2917.39.15 Isophthalic acid 2917.39.20 Plasticizers of aromatic polycarboxylic acids, their anhydrides, halides, peroxides, peroxyacids and their derivatives 2917.39.30 Aromatic polycarboxylic acids, their anhydrides, halides, peroxides, peroxyacids and their derivatives nesoi, in add. U.S. note 3 to sec. VI 2917.39.70 Other aromatic polycarboxylic acids and their derivatives (excluding those described in additional US note 3 to section VI 2918.11.10 Lactic acid 2918.11.51 Salts and esters of lactic acid 2921.19.11 Mono- and triethylamines; mono-, di-, and tri(propyl- and butyl-) monoamines; salts of any of the foregoing 2921.22.05 Hexamethylenediamine adipate (Nylon salt) 2921.22.10 Hexamethylenediamine and its salts (except Nylon salt), derived in whole or in part from adipic acid 2921.22.50 Hexamethylenediamine and its salts (except Nylon salt), not derived in whole or in part from adipic acid 2921.29.00 Acyclic polyamines, their derivatives and salts, other than ethylenediamine or hexamethylenediamine and their salts 2921.59.40 Aromatic polyamines and their derivatives and salts thereof, described in additional U.S. note 3 to section VI 2921.59.80 Aromatic polyamines and their derivatives; salts thereof nesoi 2922.11.00 Monoethanolamine and its salts 2922.12.00 Diethanolamine and its salts 2922.15.00 Triethanolamine 2926.10.00 Acrylonitrile 2929.10.10 Toluenediisocyanates (unmixed) 2929.10.15 Mixtures of 2,4- and 2,6-toluenediisocyanates 2929.10.35 1,6-Hexamethylene diisocyanate 2929.10.55 Isocyanates of products described in additioonal U.S. note 3 to sect VI 2929.10.80 Other isocyanates, nesoi 2933.61.00 Melamine 3101.00.00 Animal or vegetable fertilizers; fertilizers produced by the mixing or chemical treatment of animal or vegetable products 3102.10.00 Urea, whether or not in aqueous solution 3102.21.00 Ammonium sulfate 3102.29.00 Double salts and mixtures of ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate 3102.30.00 Ammonium nitrate, whether or not in aqueous solution 3102.40.00 Mixtures of ammonium nitrate with calcium carbonate or other inorganic nonfertilizing substances 3102.50.00 Sodium nitrate 3102.60.00 Double salts and mixtures of calcium nitrate and ammonium nitrate 3102.80.00 Mixtures of urea and ammonium nitrate in aqueous or ammoniacal solution 3102.90.01 Mineral or chemical fertilizers, nitrogenous, nesoi, including mixtures not specified elsewhere in heading 3102 3103.11.00 Superphosphates containing by weight 35% or more of diphosphorous pentaoxide (P2O5) 3103.19.00 Superphosphates nesoi 3103.90.01 Mineral or chemical fertilizers, phosphatic 3104.20.00 Potassium chloride 3104.30.00 Potassium sulfate 3104.90.01 Mineral or chemical fertilizers, potassic, nesoi 3105.10.00 Fertilizers of chapter 31 in tablets or similar forms or in packages of a gross weight not exceeding 10 kg 3105.20.00 Mineral or chemical fertilizers nesoi, containing the three fertilizing elements nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium 3105.30.00 Diammonium hydrogenorthophosphate (Diammonium phosphate) 3105.40.00 Ammonium dihydrogenorthophosphate (Monoammonium phosphate), mixtures thereof with diammonium hydrogenorthophosphate (Diammonium phosphate) 3105.51.00 Mineral or chemical fertilizers nesoi, containing nitrates and phosphates 3105.59.00 Mineral or chemical fertilizers nesoi, containing the two fertilizing elements nitrogen and phosphorus 3105.60.00 Mineral or chemical fertilizers nesoi, containing the two fertilizing elements phosphorous and potassium 3105.90.00 Mineral or chemical fertilizers cont. two or three of the fertilizing elements nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium fertilizers, nesoi 3206.11.00 Pigments & preparations based on titanium dioxide containing 80 percent or more by weight off titanium dioxide calculated on the dry weight 3206.19.00 Pigments and preparations based on titanium dioxide, nesoi 3208.10.00 Paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on polyesters in a nonaqueous medium 3208.20.00 Paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on acrylic or vinyl polymers in a nonaqueous medium 3208.90.00 Paints and varnishes based on synthetic polymers or chemically modified natural polymers nesoi, in a nonaqueous medium 3209.10.00 Paints and varnishes (including enamels and lacquers) based on acrylic or vinyl polymers in an aqueous medium 3209.90.00 Paints and varnishes based on synthetic polymers or chemically modified natural polymers nesoi, in an aqueous medium 3210.00.00 Other paints and varnishes (including enamels, lacquers and distempers) nesoi; prepared water pigments of a kind used for finishing leather 3211.00.00 Prepared driers for paints and varnishes 3401.11.10 Castile soap in the form of bars, cakes or molded pieces or shapes 3401.11.50 Soap, nesoi; organic surface-active products used as soap, in bars, cakes, pieces, soap-impregnated paper, wadding, felt, for toilet use 3401.19.00 Soap; organic surface-active products used as soap, in bars, cakes, pieces; soap-impregnated paper, wadding, felt, not for toilet use 3401.20.00 Soap, not in the form of bars, cakes, molded pieces or shapes 3401.30.10 Organic surface-active products for wash skin, in liquid or cream, contain any aromatic 3401.30.50 Organic surface-active products and preparations for washing the skin, in liquid or cream form, put up for retail sale, nesoi 3402.11.20 Linear alkylbenzene sulfonates 3402.11.40 Anionic, aromatic or modified aromatic organic surface-active agents, whether or not put up for retail sale, nesoi 3402.11.50 Nonaromatic anionic organic surface-active agents (other than soap) 3402.12.10 Aromatic or modified aromatic cationic organic surface-active agents (other than soap) 3402.12.50 Nonaromatic cationic organic surface-active agents (other than soap) 3402.13.10 Aromatic or modified aromatic nonionic organic surface-active agents (other than soap) 3402.13.20 Nonaromatic nonionic organic surface-active agents (other than soap) of fatty substances of animal or vegetable origin 3402.13.50 Nonaromatic nonionic organic surface-active agents (other than soap), other than of fatty substances of animal or vegetable origin 3402.19.10 Aromatic or modified aromatic organic surface-active agents (other than soap) other than anionic, cationic or nonionic 3402.19.50 Nonaromatic organic surface-active agents (other than soap) nesoi 3402.20.11 Surface-active 3402.20.51 Surface-active, washing, and cleaning preparations nesoi, put up for retail sale, not of heading 3401 3402.90.10 Synthetic detergents put up for retail sale 3402.90.30 Surface-active, washing, and cleaning preparations cont. any aromatic or modified aromatic surface-active agent, put up for retail sale 3402.90.50 Surface-active, washing, and cleaning preparations nesoi, put up for retail sale 3506.10.50 Products suitable for use as glues or adhesives, nesoi, not exceeding 1 kg, put up for retail sale 3506.91.10 Adhesive preparations based on rubber or plastics (including artificial resins), optically clear, for flat panel & touchscreen displays 3506.91.50 Other adhesive preparations based on rubber or plastics (including artificial resins) 3506.99.00 Prepared glues and other prepared adhesives, excluding adhesives based on rubber or plastics, nesoi 3803.00.00 Tall oil, whether or not refined 3804.00.10 Lignin sulfonic acid and its salts 3805.90.10 Pine oil containing alpha-terpineol as the main constituent 3805.90.50 Terpenic oils, nesoi, produced by treatment of coniferous woods; crude dipentene; sulfite turpentine and other crude para-cymene 3806.10.00 Rosin and resin acids 3806.20.00 Salts of rosin or of resin acids 3806.30.00 Ester gums 3806.90.00 Resin acids, derivatives of resin acids and rosin, rosin spirit and rosin oils, run gums, nesoi 3807.00.00 Wood tar and its oils; wood creosote; wood naphtha; vegetable pitch; preparations based on rosin, resin acids or vegetable pitch 3811.90.00 Prepared additives for mineral oils (incl. gasoline) or other liquids used for the same purposes as mineral oils, nesoi 3812.10.10 Prepared rubber accelerators containing any aromatic or modified aromatic rubber accelerator nesoi 3812.10.50 Prepared rubber accelerators not containing any aromatic or modified aromatic rubber accelerator nesoi 3812.20.10 Compound plasticizers for rubber or plastics containing any aromatic or modified aromatic plasticizer nesoi 3812.20.50 Compound plasticizers for rubber or plastics not containing any aromatic or modified aromatic plasticizer nesoi 3812.39.60 Compound plasticizers for rubber 3812.39.70 Bis(1,2,2,6,6-pentamethyl-4-piperidinyl) sebacate 3812.39.90 Antioxiding prep & oth compound stabilizers for rubber or plastics, nesoi 3815.11.00 Supported catalysts with nickel or nickel compounds as the active substance 3815.12.00 Supported catalysts with precious metal or precious metal compounds as the active substance 3815.19.00 Supported catalysts other than with nickel or precious metal or their compounds as the active substance 3815.90.10 Reaction initiators, reaction accelerators and catalytic preparations, nesoi, consisting wholly of bismuth, of tungsten or of vanadium 3815.90.20 Reaction initiators, reaction accelerators and catalytic preparations, nesoi, consisting wholly of mercury or of molybdenum 3815.90.30 Reaction initiators, reaction accelerators and catalytic preparations, nesoi, consisting wholly of inorganic substances nesoi 3815.90.50 Reaction initiators, reaction accelerators and catalytic preparations, nesoi 3826.00.10 Biodiesel not containing petroleum or bituminous oil 3826.00.30 Biodiesel containing <70% petroleum or bituminous oil 3901.40.00 Ethylene-alpha-olefin copolymers, having a specific gravity of less than 0.94 3912.11.00 Cellulose acetates, nesoi, in primary forms, nonplasticized 3912.31.00 Carboxymethylcellulose and its salts 4001.10.00 Natural rubber latex, whether or not prevulcanized 4001.21.00 Natural rubber smoked sheets 4001.22.00 Technically specified natural rubber (TSNR), in primary forms 4001.29.00 Natural rubber in primary forms other than latex, smoked sheets or technically specified natural rubber (TSNR) 4001.30.00 Balata, gutta-percha, guayule, chicle and similar natural rubber gums, in primary forms 4002.11.00 Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) or carboxylated styrene-butadiene rubber (XSBR), latex, in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.19.00 Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), carboxylated styrene-butadiene rubber (XSBR), except latex, in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.20.00 Butadiene rubber (BR), in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.31.00 Isobutene-isoprene (butyl) rubber (IIR), in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.39.00 Halo-isobutene-isoprene rubber (CIIR or BIIR), in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.41.00 Chloroprene (chlorobutadiene) rubber (CR), latex, in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.49.00 Chloroprene (chlorobutadiene) rubber (CR), other than latex, in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.51.00 Acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR), latex, in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.59.00 Acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR), other than latex, in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.60.00 Isoprene rubber (IR), in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.70.00 Ethylene-propylene-nonconjugated diene rubber (EPDM), in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.80.00 Mixtures of natural rubber gums with synthetic rubber, in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip 4002.91.00 Synthetic rubber and factice derived from oils, in latex form, in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip, nesoi 4002.99.00 Synthetic rubber and factice derived from oils, in primary forms or in plates, sheets or strip, nesoi