BREAKING NEWS: China Trade War Update – List 4A Reduced to 7.5% and List 4B will NOT become effective on 12/15

We have been monitoring for a news update on whether U.S. & CHINA reached a “PHASE ONE DEAL” since we last wrote about it on October 11, 2019. Two months later, the USTR published a press release confirming that the United States and China have reached an historic and enforceable agreement on a Phase One trade deal and President Trump tweeted the announcement noting that this “is an amazing deal for all”.TP Tweet

What does the “Phase One Deal” Include?

  • The deal requires structural reforms and other changes to China’s economic and trade regime in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services, and currency and foreign exchange.
  • The Phase One agreement also includes a commitment by China that it will make substantial additional purchases of U.S. goods and services in the coming years.
  • Importantly, the agreement establishes a strong dispute resolution system that ensures prompt and effective implementation and enforcement.
  • The United States has agreed to modify its Section 301 tariff actions in a significant way.

What is the Impact on Section 301 Tariffs?

  • Lists 1, 2, 3 will continue to be subject to 25% tariffs
    • Approximately $250 billion of Chinese imports
  • List 4A has been reduced to 7.5% from 15%
    • Approximately $120 billion of Chinese imports
    • The effective date for the reduced tariff has NOT been announced.
  • List 4B will not become effective on December 15.

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