China Threatens Tariffs on U.S. Printer, Copier, and Part Imports

The trade war between the United States and China continues to escalate, with China threatening to impose tariffs on additional U.S.- imported products if the United States continues to impose tariffs on China-made products imported into the United States.

On August 3rd, the China Customs Tariff Commission (CCTC) of the State Council announced that it would impose  tariffs on various products made in the United States and imported into China, including printers and copiers, and their parts and components. Overall, the tariffs would affect some $60 billion worth of goods made in the United States and imported into China.

The tariffs will be either 25 percent, 20 percent, or 5 percent.

The CCTC stated: “The U.S. measures have deviated from the consensus of the two sides, leading to an escalation of trade friction between China and the United States, serious violations of relevant rules of the World Trade Organization, and damage to our national interests and people’s interests.”

An anonymous industry source told RT Media:  “This will really hurt industry giants like Hewlett-Packard in the United States and other U.S. printer OEMs wanting a piece of the growing China market. At a time when the OEMs are looking for a bigger slice of the cake due to a flattening industry in the USA and Western Europe, they are looking at thriving markets like China, but now they will have to pay more, or their customers will, in order to get into this market. China is a cut-throat market when it comes to pricing, so these big U.S. brands are going to hurt. I cannot imagine they are happy with this US-China trade war.”

The CCTC stated that China was forced to take counter-measures in response to U.S. plans to raise impose tariffs on some $200 billion of Chinese goods imported into the United States.

“If the United States act willfully and puts its additional tariff measures into effect, China will instantly implement such tariff measures,” the commission said.

 U.S. products that would be affected by China’s new tariffs include:

  • Electrostatic multifunction devices
  • Multifunction printers,
  • stylus printers,
  • Inkjet printers
  • Photocopiers
  • Parts and accessories for printers and copiers.

One U.S. company that wouldn’t  be affected by the tariffs is Lexmark International. As Lexmark is now owned by the Ninestar Group that’s based in China, Lexmark printers and copiers’ manufacturing is now being shifted to Zhuhai, China. It’s not clear how U.S.-based Xerox would be affected, as partner Fujifilm, via the Xerox-Fujifilm joint venture Fuji Xerox, sells printers and copiers in the Asia-Pacific region, not Xerox.

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