Are Chinese industrial goods competing against your products in the United States?

June 21st, 2018

By Didier Culat, legal counsel

On June 15, 2018, the United States Trade Representative ("USTR") announced the imposition of tariffs of 25% on over 1,102 products imported into the United States from China as part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced data transfer of American technology and intellectual property. Worth cumulatively approximately US$50 billion in Chinese exports to the United States, the list includes products in such industries as aerospace, information and communications technology, robotics, industrial machinery, new materials, and automobiles.

As of July 6, 2018, 818 products valued at about US$34 billion, will be subject to a 25% additional tariff. Click here to view the list of 818 products. An addition 284 products valued at about US$16 billion will be subject to a 25% additional tariff once the USTR has completed a comment and review process mandated by law. Click here to view the list of 284 products.

If you are a Canadian industrial products manufacturer exporting to the United States tariff free under North American Free Trade Agreement, perhaps this is a great opportunity to undercut your Chinese competitor.

Our experts at BCF will be pleased to advise you concerning the opportunities arising from this recent announcement.