Following the recent imposition of 25% tariffs on $200 billion worth of products made in China, questions are being raised by some in the housewares industry as to the exact timing of when the surcharge was officially in place.
According to documentation from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and published by the Federal Register, the tariffs imposed on Friday, May 10, impact those products that were “entered for consumption, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption” on or after 12:01 a.m. eastern daylight time on May 10 and exported to the United States on or after May 10.
HomeWorld Business was contacted by several housewares vendors that said they were unsure if products shipped from China prior to May 10 were impacted by the 25% tariffs.
In September, the Trump administration placed 10% tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese-made goods with plans to increase the tariffs to 25% at the start of 2019. However, the increase was delayed as U.S. and Chinese negotiators were reporting progress in trade talks.