US releases $300bn list of new tariff targets against China

Author: Al Greenwood


HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US released on Monday a list of new tariffs of up to 25% that it could impose on $300bn worth of Chinese goods.

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The new list would include essentially other Chinese imports that are not covered by the previous three rounds of tariffs, according to the US Trade Representative.

US President Donald Trump threatened to impose the tariffs on 5 May. The threat came in addition to raising existing tariffs on $200bn worth of Chinese imports. The US acted on that other threat on Friday, raising tariffs to 25% from 10% on the $200bn worth of Chinese goods.

The US Trade Representative is now collecting comments on the latest proposed batch of tariffs, targeting $300bn worth of Chinese goods. The latest round will not include imports that the US has excluded from the previous three rounds of tariffs.

That includes the following group of rare-earth elements, which US refiners use as catalysts in fluid-catalytic-cracking (FCC) units. The US relies on China for many of these rare-earth elements.

HTS Code Description
2805.30.00 Rare-earth metals, scandium and yttrium, whether or not intermixed or interalloyed
2846.90.20 Mixtures of rare-earth oxides or of rare-earth chlorides
2846.90.40 Yttrium materials and compounds containing by wt. >19% But < 85% yttrium oxide equivalent
2846.90.80 Compounds, inorganic or organic, of rare-earth metals, of yttrium or of scandium, or of mixtures of these metals, nesoi
2846.10.00 Cerium compounds

The deadline to submit comments is 17 June. The public hearing about the proposed tariffs is scheduled that same day.

If the US proceeds with this latest round of tariffs, China will likely retaliate, as it has done every time that the US has imposed or increased tariffs.

On Monday, China raised tariffs on several US goods in response to Friday's action by the US.

While the US moves forward on its latest tariffs, it and China intend to continue further talks, the trade representative said.

The following lists the tariffs that the US may impose on Chinese chemicals, plastics and elastomers. The table does not include products listed under Chapter 27 or Chapter 38 of the harmonised tariff schedule (HTS).

Chapter 27 includes mineral fuels, mineral oil and products made from their distillation. Chapter 38 includes miscellaneous chemical products.

HTS Code Product
2811.19.10 Arsenic acid
2816.40.20 Oxides, hydroxides and peroxides of barium
2818.10.10 Artificial corundum, crude
2818.10.20 Artificial corundum, in grains, or ground, pulverized or refined
2818.20.00 Aluminum oxide, other than artificial corundum
2826.90.90 Other complex fluorine salts, nesoi
2827.39.10 Vanadium chlorides
2827.49.50 Chloride oxides and chloride hydroxides other than of copper or of vanadium
2829.90.25 Sodium bromate
2837.19.01 Cyanides and cyanide oxides, except those of sodium
2844.20.00 Uranium enriched in U235 and plutonium and their compounds; alloys, dispersions, ceramic products and mixtures containing these products
2844.40.00 Radioactive elements, isotopes, compounds nesoi; alloys, dispersions, ceramic
products and mixtures of these products; radioactive residues
2844.50.00 Spent (irradiated) fuel elements (cartridges) of nuclear reactors
2903.21.00 Vinyl chloride (Chloroethylene)
2903.39.20 Fluorinated, brominated or iodinated derivatives of acyclic hydrocarbons, nesoi
2903.77.00 Other acyclic hydrocarbon derivatives,perhalogenated only with flourine and
2903.79.10 Bromochloromethane
2903.89.05 Dibromoethyldibromocyclohexane
2903.89.11 Halogenated pesticides derived in whole or in part from benzene or other aromatic
hydrocarbon, nesoi
2903.89.31 Chlorinated, but not otherwise halogenated derivatives of cyclanic, cyclenic or
cycloterpenic hydrocarbons
2903.93.00 Halogenated derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons, pentachlorobenzene
2903.99.05 3-Bromo-alpha,alpha,alpha-trifluorotoluene; and other specified halogenated
derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons
2903.99.08 p-Chlorobenzotrifluoride; and 3,4-Dichlorobenzotrifluoride
2903.99.15 Triphenylmethyl chloride
2903.99.80 Other halogenated derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons, nesoi
2905.43.00 Mannitol
2905.44.00 D-glucitol (Sorbitol)
2905.45.00 Glycerol
2907.29.10 Pyrogallic acid
2908.19.15 3-Hydroxy-alpha,alpha,alpha-trifluorotoluene
2908.99.06 4-Hydroxy-1-naphthalenesulfonic   acid
2908.99.25 Nitrophenols, except p-nitrophenol
2909.30.07 Decabromodiphenyl oxide; and octabromodiphenyl oxide
2909.30.09 Bis-(tribromophenoxy)ethane; pentabromodiphenyl oxide; and
tetradecabromodiphenoxy benzene
2909.30.10 6-tert-Butyl-3-methyl-2,4-dinitroanisole (Musk ambrette) and other artificial musks
2909.30.30 Pesticides, of aromatic ethers and their halogenated, sulfonated, nitrated or
nitrosated derivatives
2912.19.40 Isobutanal
2912.41.00 Vanillin    (4-Hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde)
2914.69.60 1,4-Dihydroxyanthraquinone; and 2-ethylanthraquinone
2914.69.90 Quinones, nesoi
2914.79.40 Other halogenated, sulfonated, nitrated, etc derivatives of aromatic ketones and
quinones whether or not with other oxygen function
2915.39.35 Aromatic esters of acetic acid, nesoi
2915.40.20 Aromatic salts and esters of chlorocetic acids, described in additional U.S. note 3 to
section VI
2916.34.15 Odoriferous or flavoring compounds of phenylacetic acid and its salts
2916.34.25 Phenylacetic acid salts, nesoi, described in additional US note 3 to section VI
2916.39.08 4-Chloro-3-nitrobenzoic acid
2916.39.12 4-Chloro-3,5-dinitrobenzoic acid and its esters
2916.39.79 Other aromatic monocarboxylic acids, their anhydrides, halides, peroxides,
peroxyacids and their derivatives
2917.19.30 Ethylene brassylate
2917.19.70 Acyclic polycarboxylic acids and derivative (excluding plasticizers)
2917.39.08 Naphthalic anhydride
2917.39.17 Tetrabromophthalic anhydride
2918.19.20 Aromatic carboxylic acids with alcohol function, w/o other oxygen functions, and
their derivatives, described in add. U.S. note 3 to sec. VI
2918.19.31 Aromatic carboxylic acids with alcohol function, without other oxygen functions,
and their derivatives, nesoi
2918.29.25 3-Hydroxy-2-naphthoic acid
2918.99.06 1-Hydroxy-6-octadecyloxy-2-naphthalenccarboxylic acid; and 1-hydroxy-6-
docosyloxy-2-naphthalene carboxylic acid
2918.99.20 Aromatic pesticides, derived from carboxylic acids with additional oxygen function,
and their derivatives, nesoi
2918.99.35 Odoriferous or flavoring compounds of carboxylic acids with additional oxygen
function, and their derivatives, nesoi
2918.99.47 Other aromatic carboxylic acids with add'l oxygen function and their anhydrides,
halide, etc deriv (exclud goods in add US note 3 to sec VI)
2918.99.50 Nonaromatic carboxylic acids with additional oxygen function, and their derivatives,
2920.22.00 Diethyl phosphite
2920.90.51 Nonaromatic esters of inorganic acids of nonmetals and their salts and derivatives,
excluding esters of hydrogen halides, nesoi
2921.12.01 2-(N,N-Dimethylamino)ethyl chloride hydrochloride
2921.42.10 N,N-Dimethylaniline
2921.42.18 o-Aminobenzenesulfonic acid; 6-chlorometanilic acid; 2-chloro-5-nitroaniline; 4-
chloro-3-nitroaniline; dichloroanilines; and other specified
2921.42.55 Fast color bases of aniline derivatives and their salts
2921.42.65 Aniline derivatives and their salts of products in additional U.S. note 3 to section VI
2921.45.60 Aromatic monoamines and their derivatives and salts described in additional US
note 3 to section VI, nesoi
2921.49.15 m-Nitro-p-toluidine
2921.51.20 Photographic chemicals of o-, m-, p-phenylenediamine, diaminotoluenes, and their
derivatives, and salts thereof
2922.21.40 Aminohydroxynaphthalene sulfonic acids and their salts of products described in
additional US note 3 to section VI
2922.29.06 m-Nitro-p-anisidine and m-nitro-o-anisidine as fast color bases
2922.29.15 m-Diethylaminophenol; m-dimethylaminophenol; 3-ethylamino-p-cresol; and 5-
2922.39.10 2'-Aminoacetophenone & other specified aromatic amino-aldehydes, -ketones and
-quinones, other than those with more than one oxygen function
2924.21.18 sym-Diethyldiphenylurea
2924.29.03 3,5-Dinitro-o-toluamide
2924.29.23 4-Aminoacetanilide;     2-2-oxamidobis[ethyl-3-(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4- hydroxyphenyl)propionate]; and other specified cyclic amide chemicals
2924.29.26 3-Aminomethoxybenzanilide
2925.19.10 Ethylenebistetrabromophthalimide
2925.29.70 Tetramethylguanidine
2926.90.08 Benzonitrile
2926.90.12 Other dichlorobenzonitriles
2926.90.19 N,N-Bis(2-cyanoethyl)aniline; and 2,6-diflourobenzonitrile
2926.90.21 Aromatic fungicides of nitrile-function compounds
2926.90.23 3,5-Dibromo-4-hydroxybenzonitrile    (Bromoxynil)
2929.10.80 Other isocyanates, nesoi
2930.20.70 S-(2,3,3-trichloroallyl)diisopropylthiocarbamate
2930.30.30 Tetramethylthiuram monosulfide
2930.70.00 Bis(2-hydroxyethyl)sulfide (thiodiglycol (INN))
2930.80.00 Aldicarb (ISO), captafol (ISO) and methamidophos (ISO)
2930.90.24 N-Cyclohexylthiophthalimide
2930.90.71 Dibutylthiourea
2931.33.00 Diethyl ethylphosphonate
2931.39.00 Other organo-phosphorous derivatives, nesoi
2931.90.05 Diphenyldichlorosilane; and phenyltrichlorosilane
2931.90.15 Sodium tetraphenylboron
2931.90.26 Pesticides of aromatic organo-inorganic (except organo-sulfur) compounds
2932.14.00 Sucralose
2932.91.00 Isosafrole
2932.99.04 2,2-Dimethyl-1,3-benzodioxol-4-yl methylcarbamate (Bendiocarb)
2932.99.55 Bis-O-[(4-methylphenyl)methylene]-D-glucitol (Dimethylbenzylidene sorbitol); and
Rhodamine 2C base
2933.19.04 Aminoethylphenylpyrazole    (phenylmethylaminopyrazole);    3-methyl-1-(p-tolyl)-2-
pyrazolin-5-one    (p-tolylmethylpyrazolone)
2933.69.60 Other compounds containing an unfused triazine ring (whether or not
hydrogenated) in the structure
2934.10.70 4,5-Dichloro-2-n-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one; thiothiamine hydrochloride; and 4
other specified chemicals
2934.20.05 N-tert-Butyl-2-benzothiazolesulfenamide
2934.20.80 Other compounds containing a benzothiazole ring system (whether or not
hydrogenated), not further fused
2940.00.20 D-Arabinose
3913.10.00 Alginic acid, and its salts and esters, in primary forms
3922.10.00 Baths, shower baths and washbasins, of plastics
3922.20.00 Lavatory seats and covers, of plastics
3924.10.10 Salt, pepper, mustard and ketchup dispensers and similar dispensers, of plastics
3924.10.20 Plates, cups, saucers, soup bowls, cereal bowls, sugar bowls, creamers, gravy boats,
serving dishes and platters, of plastics
3924.10.30 Trays, of plastics
3924.10.40 Tableware and kitchenware articles, nesoi, of plastics
3924.90.05 Nursing nipples and finger cots
3924.90.10 Curtains and drapes, incl. panels and valances, napkins, table covers, mats, scarves,
runners, doilies, and like furnishings, of plastics
3924.90.20 Picture frames of plastics
3924.90.56 Household articles and toilet articles, nesoi, of plastics
3925.20.00 Doors, windows, and their frames and thresholds for doors, of plastics
3925.30.10 Blinds (including venetian blinds), of plastics
3925.30.50 Shutters and similar articles and parts thereof, nesoi, of plastics
3926.10.00 Office or school supplies, of plastics
3926.20.10 Gloves, seamless, of plastics
3926.20.40 Gloves, nesoi, of plastics
3926.30.10 Handles and knobs for furniture, coachwork or the like, of plastics
3926.30.50 Fittings for furniture, coachwork or the like, other than handles and knobs, of
3926.40.00 Statuettes and other ornamental articles, of plastics
3926.90.10 Buckets and pails, of plastics , nesoi
3926.90.16 Pacifiers
3926.90.21 Specified sanitary, invalid and nursing products, and fittings therefor, of plastics
3926.90.25 Handles and knobs, not used as fittings for furniture, coachwork or the like, of
3926.90.33 Handbags made of beads, bugles and spangles, of plastics
3926.90.35 Beads, bugles and spangles, not strung or set; articles thereof, nesoi, of plastics
3926.90.40 Imitation gemstones, of plastics
3926.90.48 Photo albums
3926.90.50 Frames or mounts for photographic slides, of plastics
3926.90.65 Clothespins, spring type, of plastics
3926.90.70 Clothespins, other than spring type, of plastics
3926.90.75 Pneumatic mattresses and other inflatable articles, nesoi, of plastics
3926.90.77 Waterbed mattresses and liners and parts of the foregoing, of plastics
3926.90.85 Fasteners, in clips suitable for use in a mechanical attaching device, of plastics
3926.90.99 Other articles of plastic, nesoi
4006.10.00 "Camel-back" strips of unvulcanized rubber, for retreading rubber tires
4009.12.00 Tubes, pipes and hoses of vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber, not reinforced
or combined w/other materials, with fittings
4009.42.00 Tubes, pipes and hoses of vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber, reinforced or
combined with other materials nesoi, with fittings
4010.11.00 Conveyor belts or belting of vulcanized rubber reinforced only with metal
4012.19.80 Retreaded pneumatic tires (nonradials), of rubber, not elsewhere specified or
4015.19.05 Medical gloves of vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber
4016.92.00 Erasers, of noncellular vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber
4016.95.00 Inflatable articles nesoi, of noncellular vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber
4016.99.05 Household articles nesoi, of noncellular vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber
4016.99.10 Handles and knobs, of noncellular vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber
4016.99.15 Caps, lids, seals, stoppers and other closures, of noncellular vulcanized rubber other
than hard rubber
4016.99.20 Toys for pets made of noncellular vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber

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