Trump To Place Tariffs On Chinese Consumer Electronics

Over 1,300 items targeted
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The Trump administration released on Tuesday a list of over 1,300 products imported from China that could be subject to additional tariffs, including TVs, other consumer electronics, and machine components.

In a statement, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said the action is in response to China’s “unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of U.S. technology and intellectual property.” The proposed list will undergo further review in a public notice and comment process, including a hearing.

The list of products can be found here.

Matthew Shay, president/CEO of the National Retail Federation, responded to the news with a statement calling the tariffs “taxes on consumers and a drag on the nation’s economy.”

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“While we are pleased that many everyday products such as clothing and shoes are not on the list,” said Shay, “we remain concerned that other goods such as consumer electronics and home appliances are targets. And we believe that tariffs on certain machinery will make American-made products more expensive.”

He continued: “This entire process creates uncertainty and makes it difficult for retail companies that must rely on complicated global supply chains. Tariffs threaten to hurt consumers, jeopardize job creation and increase the cost of doing business here in the United States. Once again, we urge the administration to work with our trading partners to hold China accountable, advance targeted solutions and recognize the unintended consequences of protectionist trade policies.”

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