About the U.S.-China Tariffs

From soybeans and automobiles to lumber and lobsters, industries across the board have felt the impact of new and increasing tariffs. Here is some basic information and tools you can use to see if and how you may be affected.

U.S.-China Tariff Timeline

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Tariff News

Webinar | March 17, 2020 The State Of Trade: Tactics And Strategies For Tackling Trade Turmoil

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Article | January 27, 2020 Phase One Deal Signed Between US and China—Now What?

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Webinar | February 19, 2020 The State of Trade: New Deals -- What Do They Mean?

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Article | February 6, 2020 Companies Find Ways to Bypass Tariffs on Chinese Imports

Many U.S. companies are maneuvering to sidestep tariffs on Chinese imports, trade lawyers and logistics consultants say, using a variety of strategies to avoid the payments without upending their supply chains.

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Article | January 15, 2020 The Trade War Continues. But Who's Winning?

The US, despite anticipated agreements, is well along in its hot trade war with China, launched in 2018. And two years in, that landmark, along with a looming election, creates pressure to declare a winner.

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Webinar The State Of Trade: December Tariffs Q&A

On December 13, a deal was reached between the U.S. and China impacting the planned December 15 tariff increase, and marking the latest escalation in this trade war.

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Article | December 20, 2019 Trade Deals and WTO Woes Grab the Spotlight

This past week, on the eve of a looming tariff deadline, came fresh news of a deal reached between the US and China. Meanwhile, global trade developments from across Europe and North America—that included additional tariffs and disputes within the World Trade Organization (WTO)—had importers and regulators on edge as they waited to hear the effects of the latest headlines.

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Article | December 12, 2019 Say Goodbye to NAFTA and Prepare for USMCA

Global trade has dominated the news all year with tariffs, Brexit, and various international disagreements. But now, just in time for the holidays, comes the opposite: a trade agreement between the US, Mexico, and Canada called USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement).

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Webinar The State Of Trade: 3 Trends To Expect In 2020

2019 was an interesting, and, in many ways, unpredictable year for global trade. Trade wars led to supply chain changes which led many businesses to explore innovative approaches. While human connection continued to play a critical part in the industry as it has for thousands of years, the technology designed to make global trade easy for everyone evolved.

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Article | January 27, 2020 Phase One Deal Signed Between US and China—Now What?

Earlier this month, we saw the official signing of a phase one trade deal between the United States and China. In this edition of Tariff Insider, we look at what the agreement entails, what the deal might mean for the rest of the world, and what’s going on between the US and Europe.

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Webinar The State Of Trade: October Tariffs Q&A

On October 15, a new round of U.S. tariffs will go into effect, marking the latest escalation in the US-China trade war. Uncertain about how the tariffs will impact your business and the economy at large now and beyond in 2020?

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Article | October 25, 2019 Dispelling Tariff Confusion: The Top 3 Questions Answered

The past year has seen numerous tariffs announced, delayed, re-announced, implemented, and canceled. Add to that new regulations around classifying goods and qualifying for exceptions and you have understandable confusion. In response, Flexport has launched a webinar series, State of Trade: Tariffs Q&A, featuring two of Flexport’s tariff experts, Dr. Phil Levy, Chief Economist and Tom Gould, VP of Customs and Trade Advisory.

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Article | September 17, 2019 Flexport Research: The Sudden Impact of Tariffs on U.S. Imports from China

As trade tensions heighten between the United States and China, it can seem as though the conflict has been going on for years. A new, updated data set from Flexport, however, shows a different story: A compressed timeline with dramatic impact.

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Article | October 14, 2019 Tariff Insider: EU Tariffs, U.S.-Japan Deal, and the Latest on U.S.-China Trade War

From retaliatory tariffs to expanding exception lists to ever-changing tariff deadlines, it is an understatement to say that evolving trade regulations have created a climate of uncertainty.

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Article Recession or Not, Here We Come

Forecasting recessions is one of the least precise tasks in economics. Get insights from Flexport Chief Economist Phil Levy as surveys the global trade landscape and what it could mean.

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Article Navigating Tariff Uncertainty with Airfreight

As tariffs and market volatility become more unpredictable, it can be especially challenging to manage and mitigate pricing for airfreight.

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eBook Battling Uncertainty: Perspectives on the U.S.-China Trade War

Read how businesses are responding to the trade war, from moving manufacturing and optimizing their supply chains to more closely partnering with their freight forwarders.

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Article From Tweet to Tariff

Twitter is often cited as a source for updates about regulatory changes in the U.S.- China trade war, but it should be no surprise that tweets are not an official medium for tariff communications. Changes to HTS codes and duty rates require an official process.

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Article New Hurdles Arise As Manufacturing Looks To Vietnam During U.S.-China Trade War

Manufacturing shifts to Vietnam have sped up in response to the trade restrictions with China. But there are some important caveats to this progression.

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Article How U.S.-China Tariffs Are Hindering Business Growth

Tariffs are squeezing working capital. Unless we can provide U.S. businesses with ways to manage their finances, both they and the economy will stagnate.

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Article October Tariff Increases Delayed; Trade Talks to Resume

The U.S. postpones tariff increases as a gesture of goodwill toward China ahead of the Golden Week holiday.

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Article Tariff Impact: An Unintended Catalyst for Supply Chain Optimization

Businesses are uncovering new ways to optimize operations – including within the supply chain – to offset squeezed margins.

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Article China Announces Tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. Exports

The trade war escalated again with Chinese retaliatory tariffs, including reinstated levies on automotive parts, on $75 billion worth of U.S. exports.

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Article China Antidumping Duties: Know Before You Owe

Some importers are finding themselves owing thousands of dollars in additional duties years after they’ve brought their goods into the U.S.

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Article Some New 10% Chinese Import Tariffs to Be Deferred

As trade war continues, President Trump tries to soften tariff impact for holiday shopping season.

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Article New September Tariffs: 3 Critical Things to Know for Your Supply Chain Now

As these new tariffs will affect even more shippers, and just as we enter the critical peak shipping season, here are three things you should know.

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Article U.S. Announces Section 301 List 3 Exclusion Request Procedure

The USTR outlines how companies can request exemptions from the additional 25 percent tariffs placed on List 3 goods imported from China.

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Tariff Timeline

Explore a brief timeline of the ongoing tariffs
highlighting key developments and changing duties.

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Phase one trade deal was signed between the U.S. and China.

China agreed to purchase an additional $200bn of US goods and services over two years and made concessions on IP, currency, and access to financial services
Some US tariffs were called off, although $360bn tariffs remain in place


Trump cancels scheduled Dec. 15 tariffs, citing the arrival of a “phase one” deal.

The 86-page deal is announced to be signed in Jan. 2020


Trump cancels the Oct. 15 tariff increase and alludes to a “substantial phase one deal” with China.

Following negotiations, $250bn of Chinese imports on tariff lists 1, 2, and 3 were amongst those cancelled


China announces it will remove 16 products from its 2018 retaliatory tariffs; Trump delays tariff increase from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15.

Items on tariff lists 1, 2, and 3 were set to increase from 25% to 30% on Oct. 1 and were delayed to Oct. 15


China files a complaint to the WTO against the U.S.

The third lawsuit challenging U.S. tariffs against Chinese imports


New tariffs take effect on more than $125 billion of Chinese goods (List 4a).

Goods include: footwear, diapers, food products, and consumer electronics and appliances

China imposes $75 billion of tariffs in response.

Goods include: a first-ever 5% tariff on crude oil


China announces $75 billion in duties on U.S. goods.

Goods include: agricultural and automotive products

U.S. responds with multiple tariff increases.

List 1, 2, and 3 tariffs slated at 25% to move to 30% as of October 1
List 4a tariffs, slated to take effect at 10% on Sept 1, to rise to 15% on the deadline day
List 4b tariffs, slated to take effect at 10% on Dec 15, will rise to 15% on the deadline day


U.S. delays tariffs on certain products ahead of the holiday season (List 4b).

Goods include: consumer electronics, certain apparel and footwear, certain toys

A 10 percent tariff on List 4a goods is still set to take effect September 1.


U.S. declares China is a currency manipulator.

Chinese businesses suspend new purchases of U.S. agricultural products.


President Trump tweets U.S. will impose 10 percent tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese goods (List 4).

Starting September 1


US exempts 110 Chinese products from 25 percent tariffs.

Goods include: medical equipment for cancer


China increases tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods.

In response to U.S. List 3 tariff hike


U.S. increases tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods (List 3).

Raises duty from 10 percent to 25 percent


President Trump extends tariff deadline on List 3 increases.

But he does not offer a new deadline


The U.S. and China reach a temporary truce, delaying new or increased tariffs until March 1, 2019.


The U.S. imposes tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods at 10%, increasing to 25% January 1, 2019 (List 3).

Goods include: Consumer goods such as food, tires,
luggage, electronics

China responds with tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods.

Goods include: Furniture, industrial chemicals


The U.S. imposes tariffs on $16 billion worth of Chinese goods (List 2).

Goods include: Machinery, motors, vehicles


The U.S. imposes tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods (List 1).

Goods include: Machinery, vehicles, chemicals
(targeting industrial sector)

China responds with equal measure.

Goods include: Vegetables, fish, other animal products


China imposes countermeasure tariffs on $3 billion worth of U.S. goods.

Goods include: Meats, fruits, wine


The U.S. imposes global 10% tariff on aluminum; 25% on steel.

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