Printers, MFPs, Copiers on List for September 1st Tariff

As the protracted trade war between the United States and China continues, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today announced its next steps in imposing “an additional tariff of 10 percent on approximately $300 billion of Chinese imports” that are imported into the United States for sale.

On May 17, 2019, the USTR published a list of products imported from China that would be potentially subject to “an additional 10-percent tariff.”  This new tariff will go into effect on September 1 as announced by President Donald Trump on August 1st.

The USTR noted that “certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent.”

As part of the USTR’s public comment and hearing process, the USTR determined that the tariff should be delayed to December 15 for certain articles, with the USTR stating: “Products in this group include, for example, cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, computer monitors, and certain items of footwear and clothing.”

Meanwhile, a 10-percent tariff is slated to go into effect on September 1st for:

  • Multifunction units (machines which perform two or more of the functions of
    printing, copying or facsimile transmission, capable of connecting to an automatic data processing machine or to a network).
  • Single-function units other than printer units (machines which perform only one of the functions of printing, copying or facsimile transmission).
  • Electrostatic photocopying apparatus, operating by reproducing the original image directly onto the copy (direct process)
  • Other printers, copying machines or facsimile machines.
  • Parts of textile printing machinery
  • Parts for printing machinery other than textile printing machinery
  • Parts and accessories of printers.
  • Parts and accessories of other printing, copying or facsimile machines.

The complete list of products that could potentially be subject to a September 1st tariff can be found here. Products that could potentially be subject to a December 15th tariff can be found here.

The USTR stated that it intends to conduct an exclusion process for products subject to the additional tariff. It will publish in the Federal Register as soon as possible additional details and lists of the tariff lines affected by this announcement.

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