US delays several proposed Chinese tariffs on plastics, chems to Dec

Al Greenwood


HOUSTON (ICIS)–The US will delay the implementation of several proposed tariffs on plastic and chemical exports from China to 15 December.

American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. The American Chamber of Commerce in China says Beijing will “dig its heels in” after US tariff hikes and appealed for a negotiated end to their trade battle. (Source: Andy Wong/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

Initially, the US planned to impose 10% tariffs on these and many other Chinese exports on 1 September. The proposed tariffs covered $300bn worth of goods from China.

Many of the postponed tariffs include cell phones, laptop computers, video-game consoles, some toys, computer monitors and certain types of footwear and clothing, the US Trade Representative (USTR) said.

The US will impose tariffs on these goods on 15 December.

Other items were outright removed from the proposed list, the trade representative said. The US removed those items because of concerns about health, safety national security and other factors.

It did not remove any of the tariffs that it proposed for organic chemicals, plastics, rubber or miscellaneous chemicals.

The trade representative plans to conduct an exclusion process for other products, so the US could remove some chemicals and polymers from the list during this process.

If the US goes ahead with this latest round of tariffs, then it would impose tariffs on nearly everything that it imports from China. One notable exception is made up of products made from rare-earth elements.

Such products are used as catalysts for fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units in refineries.

The following table shows the proposed tariffs that the US will implement on 15 December for organic chemicals, miscellaneous chemicals, plastic products and rubber products.

The first column shows each items harmonised tariff schedule code. The second column shows how each item is described by the code.

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 chlorine
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
2903.99.05 3‐Bromo‐alpha,alpha,alpha‐trifluorotoluene; and other specified halogenated derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons
2903.99.08 p‐Chlorobenzotrifluoride; and 3,4‐Dichlorobenzotrifluoride
2903.99.80 Other halogenated derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons, nesoi
2907.29.10 Pyrogallic acid
2908.19.15 3‐Hydroxy‐alpha,alpha,alpha‐trifluorotoluene
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
2914.69.60 1,4‐Dihydroxyanthraquinone; and 2‐ethylanthraquinone
2914.69.90 Quinones, nesoi
2915.39.35 Aromatic esters of acetic acid, nesoi
2916.34.15 Odoriferous or flavoring compounds of phenylacetic acid and its salts
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
2918.29.25 3‐Hydroxy‐2‐naphthoic acid
2918.99.06 1‐Hydroxy‐6‐octadecyloxy‐2‐naphthalenccarboxylic acid; and 1‐hydroxy‐6‐ docosyloxy‐2‐naphthalene carboxylic acid
2918.99.35 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, nesoi
2920.22.00 Diethyl phosphite
2921.42.55 Fast color bases of aniline derivatives and their salts
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‐methoxy‐m‐phenylenediamine
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
2926.90.19 N,N‐Bis(2‐cyanoethyl)aniline; and 2,6‐diflourobenzonitrile
2926.90.21 Aromatic fungicides of nitrile‐function compounds
2929.10.30 3,4‐Dichlorophenylisocyanate
2929.10.80 Other isocyanates, nesoi
2930.20.70 S‐(2,3,3‐trichloroallyl)diisopropylthiocarbamate
2930.30.30 Tetramethylthiuram monosulfide
2930.80.00 Aldicarb (ISO), captafol (ISO) and methamidophos (ISO)
2930.90.24 N‐Cyclohexylthiophthalimide
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 2931.90.9051
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
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
3808.59.10 Pesticides containing any aromatic or modified aromatic specified in note 1 to chapter 38
3808.59.50 Pesticides, nesoi specified in note 1 to chapter 38
3924.10.10 Salt, pepper, mustard and ketchup dispensers and similar dispensers, of plastics
3924.10.40 Tableware and kitchenware articles, nesoi, of plastics
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
3926.10.00 Office or school supplies, of plastics
3926.20.10 Gloves, seamless, of plastics
3926.20.40 Gloves, nesoi, of plastics
3926.40.00 Statuettes and other ornamental articles, of plastics
3926.90.33 Handbags made of beads, bugles and spangles, of plastics
3926.90.40 Imitation gemstones, of plastics
3926.90.48 Photo albums
3926.90.65 Clothespins, 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
4016.92.00 Erasers, of noncellular vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber
4016.99.20 Toys for pets made of noncellular vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber

The following table shows the proposed tariffs that the US will implement on 1 September for organic chemicals, miscellaneous chemicals, plastic products, and rubber products.

2903.79.10 Bromochloromethane
2903.89.05 Dibromoethyldibromocyclohexane
2903.93.00 Halogenated derivatives of aromatic hydrocarbons, pentachlorobenzene
2903.99.15 Triphenylmethyl chloride
2905.43.00 Mannitol
2905.44.00 D‐glucitol (Sorbitol)
2905.45.00 Glycerol
2908.99.06 4‐Hydroxy‐1‐naphthalenesulfonic   acid
2912.41.00 Vanillin    (4‐Hydroxy‐3‐methoxybenzaldehyde)
2914.79.40 Other halogenated, sulfonated, nitrated, etc derivatives of aromatic ketones and quinones whether or not with other oxygen function
2915.40.20 Aromatic salts and esters of chlorocetic acids, described in additional U.S. note 3 to section VI
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
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
2918.99.20 Aromatic pesticides, derived from carboxylic acids with additional oxygen function, and their derivatives, nesoi
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
2921.42.65 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
2925.29.70 Tetramethylguanidine
2926.90.08 Benzonitrile
2926.90.12 Other dichlorobenzonitriles
2926.90.23 3,5‐Dibromo‐4‐hydroxybenzonitrile    (Bromoxynil)
2930.70.00 Bis(2‐hydroxyethyl)sulfide (thiodiglycol (INN))
2930.90.71 Dibutylthiourea
2931.33.00 Diethyl ethylphosphonate
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
3808.52.00 DDT (ISO) (clofenatone (INN)), in packings of a net weight content not exceeding 300 g
3808.61.50 Pesticides, nesoi , not exceeding 300g, specified in note 2 to chapter 38
3809.10.00 Finishing agents, dye carriers and like products, nesoi, with a basis of amylaceous substances
3820.00.00 Antifreezing preparations and prepared de‐icing fluids
3823.11.00 Stearic acid
3823.12.00 Oleic acid
3823.13.00 Tall oil fatty acids
3823.19.20 Industrial monocarboxylic fatty acids or acid oils from refining derived from coconut, palm‐kernel, or palm oil
3823.19.40 Industrial monocarboxylic fatty acids or acid oils from refining, nesoi
3823.70.20 Oleyl alcohol derived from fatty substances of animal or vegetable origin
3823.70.40 Industrial fatty alcohols, other than oleyl, derived from fatty substances of animal or vegetable origin
3823.70.60 Industrial fatty alcohols other than derived from fatty substances of animal or vegetable origin
3824.60.00 Sorbitol other than that of subheading 2905.44
3824.99.36 Mixture of vanadium
3825.10.00 Municipal waste
3825.20.00 Sewage sludge
3825.30.00 Clinical waste
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
3924.10.20 Plates, cups, saucers, soup bowls, cereal bowls, sugar bowls, creamers, gravy boats, serving dishes and platters, of plastics
3924.10.30 Trays, of plastics
3924.90.05 Nursing nipples and finger cots
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
3926.30.10 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 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 plastics
3926.90.35 Beads, bugles and spangles, not strung or set; articles thereof, nesoi, of plastics
3926.90.50 Frames or mounts for photographic slides, of plastics
3926.90.70 Clothespins, other than spring type, 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 included
4015.19.05 Medical gloves of 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

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Additional reporting by Joseph Chang

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