According to the Office of the U.S. Trade
Representative (USTR), the U.S. has plans to levy 10 percent tariffs on goods
from China totaling $200 billion in annual import value, after that country on
Friday imposed retaliatory tariffs in response to an initial round of U.S.
tariffs of 25 percent across $34 billion.
The $200 billion would follow
another planned round of tariffs on $16 billion worth of Chinese goods in
yearly import value.
All these planned tariffs are said to be
a response to the findings of the USTR-led investigation into China’s trade
practices pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and the finds showed
the unfair business and intellectual property transfer practices by the nation.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthize
has said in a statement that President Donald Trump has instructed USTR to
start imposing the tariffs.
Despite being clearly told what
China should undertake, the USTR representative said, “Unfortunately, China has
not changed its behavior — behavior that puts the future of the U.S. economy at
risk. Rather than address our legitimate concerns, China has begun to retaliate
against U.S. products. There is no justification for such action.”
The proposed tariffs to cover $200
billion worth of goods are aimed, in part, to “enhance effectiveness,” as
Chinese tariffs on U.S. exports cover a “substantial percentage” of U.S. goods
The U.S. exported $130 billion
worth of goods to China last year, while China exported $505 billion to the
“In order to enhance effectiveness,
the level of the U.S. supplemental action must cover a substantial percentage
of Chinese imports,” the USTR notice says.
At first glance, the proposed
tariffs list appears to target agriculture and aquaculture products from China,
including fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, starchy products, condiments, juice
and tobacco products, as well as several chemicals and raw materials, fragrances
The senior administration official
said some of the goods on USTR’s list were recommended as a direct response to
goods included on China’s retaliation list.