US President Donald Trump's tariff increase to 25 per cent on
$200 billion worth of Chinese imports took effect today
beginning 0401 GMT, as negotiators from both countries resume
their high-stakes trade negotiations in Washington, DC. US Trade
Representative Robert Lighthizer and treasury secretary Steven
Mnuchin briefed Trump yesterday on the negotiations.
Lighthizer and Mnuchin had a working dinner with Chinese Vice
Premier Liu He last night and agreed to continue talks Friday
morning, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.
Goods in the more than 5,700 affected product categories that
left Chinese ports and airports before midnight will be subject
to the original 10 percent duty rate, a US Customs and Border
Protection spokeswoman said.
The grace period was not applied to three previous rounds of
tariffs imposed last year on Chinese goods, which had much
longer notice periods of at least three weeks before the duties
Trump gave US importers less than five days notice about his
decision to increase the rate on the $200 billion category of
goods to 25 per cent, which now matches the rate on a prior $50
billion category of Chinese machinery and technology goods,
global newswires reported.
Data transmission devices, furniture, lighting products, auto
parts, vacuum cleaners and building materials are high on the
list of products subject to the higher duties.
Until last weekend, it appeared that a deal was in sight. But
U.S. officials said this week that China had backtracked on
commitments it had made earlier. They didn't specify what the