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Trump: US to impose 10% tariffs on $300B in Chinese goods

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Dive Brief:

  • The U.S. will impose a 10% tariff on the remaining $300 billion worth of imports from China, known as list four, beginning Sept. 1, President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon
  • The series of tweets came after U.S. representatives returned from trade talks with Chinese officials. Trump described the talks as "constructive," but said China had agreed to buy agricultural products from the U.S. "in large quantities, but did not do so." 
  • Trump said the negotiations between the two nations will continue. Further details were not immediately available from the White House, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) nor the Chinese government. 

Dive Insight:

Starting at the beginning of next month, every good coming into the U.S. from China, except those with exemptions, will have an import tax, ranging from 10% to 25%. 

The tranche four tariffs on $300 billion worth of goods has been in limbo for several months, first as a repeated threat from Trump, via speeches and twitter.

The threat came closer to reality in May when USTR released a 136-page list of products to face tariffs up to 25% and held a comment period plus seven days of public hearings on the matter. In late June, Trump said he wouldn't impose the list four tariffs "for the time being." 

Executives on earnings calls have warned about the effects of tranche four tariffs on their businesses, noting the potential for eroding margins and higher costs being passed on to consumers. Macy's called this round "the big one." The National Retail Federation said tariffs at 25% would be "too large" for retailers to absorb, though it did not specify at the time how 10% tariffs would affect retailers. 

This is a developing story. 





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via DMT.NEWS , Khareem Sudlow