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China 301 Tariff Update

 

List 4 Tariff Exceptions Announced

Earlier today, the USTR released official information on the imposition of List 4 tariffs. We are pleased to share that the efforts of JPMA and our member companies have paid off. Of particular note, the exception from List 3 for finished car seats has been maintained for List 4, which means no tariffs will be imposed on this category.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW:

  • List 3 goods, with the exception of finished good car seats (HTS Codes 9401.80.6021 and 9401.80.6023) and all other juvenile product exceptions as granted on List 3, are now subject to tariff imposition as outlined in List 4. Review the list here.
  • List 4 has been divided into two parts. List 4A and List 4B.
  • Items on List 4A will be subjected to a 10% tariff effective September 1, 2019.
  • Items on List 4B will be subjected to a 10% tariff effective December 15, 2019.
  • Juvenile Product HTS codes appearing on List 4A and 4B can be reviewed here.
  • There will be an exclusion request process for List 4. We will share those details as soon as they are available.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

  • If you have not already done so, please submit your exclusion requests for HTS codes on List 3. Information and instructions can be found here and the portal to submit your requests can be accessed here. Please email Meredith Birkhead at mbirkhead@jpma.org to keep us informed of your requests and any responses you receive. If you have questions about this process, please email Lisa Trofe at ltrofe@jpma.org.
  • Review our 301 information page for updates and important links.
  • Stay tuned for more information on the List 4 exclusion request process.
Frequently Asked Questions

 What We Need from You:

  • If you previously submitted HTS codes to JPMA for List 3, please review the updated list to see (in yellow highlight) which of those codes are now subject to tariff under List 4 because they will no longer qualify for exemption.
  • It is imperative that you review List 4 (starting on page 7) and send your impacted HTS codes and corresponding product descriptions to Meredith Birkhead at mbirkhead@jpma.org ASAP. We will continue to track submitted HTS codes should we need this data in the future.
  • Per the schedule below, consider submitting public comment or appearing to testify at the public hearing. If you plan to do either or both, please let JPMA know. We will circulate a draft of our written comments shortly so that members may use similar language.
  • Contact your representatives!  Find your representatives here. Using your zip code, look up your elected officials and send a personalized version of the draft letter JPMA has prepared by using the mailbox icon.  Feel free to also call your representatives office directly.
  • In addition to your own cost increases, we need you to start your analysis of what the cost increase to the consumer will be with the 25% tariff imposition -- how much, by category, will retail costs increase?  We need this information to support our communications strategy and to support a compelling argument for exclusions. This information can be sent to Meredith Birkhead at mbirkhead@jpma.org.
  • Continue to visit this page for updates frequently.

Media can direct questions to Kelly Voelker at kvoelker@jpma.org.

Tariffs are taxes on Americans. Tariffs are not collected from other countries - they are collected from you. It is important to let your members of Congress and the President know that tariffs are hurting American businesses and consumers. We've made it very easy to send this message: Click here to act now!

JPMA remains active on the Executive Committee of the Americans for Free Trade Coalition, to fight against imposition of China 301 Tariffs. Read more about this initiative here.

For questions or comments, contact JPMA's Managing Director, Lisa Trofe at ltrofe@jpma.org or JPMA's Executive Director, Kelly Mariotti at kmariotti@jpma.org.

Help Spread the Word

301 tariffs have significantly impacted the baby products industry, and put babies and children at risk by making life-saving products like car seats, cribs and many others less accessible. We need your help to ensure this message gets out to assist with our advocacy and request for an exemption process.

Please continue sharing these graphics on all of your social media outlets using the hashtag #nobabytariffs, and forward to anyone you know who will help spread the word!!! We've included some ideas for posts below (or feel free to use them as-is)!


 

 

"Baby products must be exempt from the China 301 tariffs! These products save lives and protect our children. #nobabytariffs"

"Tariffs on baby products put our babies and children at risk. #nobabytariffs"

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For questions or comments, contact JPMA's Managing Director, Lisa Trofe at ltrofe@jpma.org or JPMA's Executive Director, Kelly Mariotti at kmariotti@jpma.org.

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