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USTR Announces New Tariff Proposals That May Impact Primary and Secondary Batteries Imported from China

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released on July 10th an additional list of Chinese goods that will potentially be subjected to 10% tariffs, including certain primary and secondary cell and battery products listed below.

8506.10.00 Manganese dioxide primary cells and primary batteries
8506.30.10 Mercuric oxide primary cells and primary batteries having an external volume not exceeding 300 cubic cm
8506.30.50 Mercuric oxide primary cells and primary batteries having an external volume exceeding 300 cubic cm
8506.80.00 Primary cells and primary batteries, nesoi
8507.10.00 Lead-acid storage batteries of a kind used for starting piston engines
8507.20.40 Lead-acid storage batteries of a kind used as the primary source of electrical power for electrically powered vehicles of 8703.90
8507.20.80 Lead-acid storage batteries other than of a kind used for starting piston engines or as the primary source of power for electric vehicles
8507.30.40 Nickel-cadmium storage batteries, of a kind used as the primary source of electrical power for electrically powered vehicles of 8703.90
8507.40.40 Nickel-iron storage batteries, of a kind used as the primary source of electrical power for electrically powered vehicles of 8703.90
8507.40.80 Nickel-iron storage batteries, other than of a kind used as the primary source of power for electric vehicles
8507.50.00 Nickel-metal hydride batteries

This latest list follows two prior lists of Chinese products announced by USTR on June 15th.  The first list covers 818 tariff lines (including certain batteries) with a trade value of $34 billion, which were subjected to 25% duties as of July 6th.  USTR’s second list covers 284 tariff lines (including more batteries) with a trade value of $16 billion.  These products may also be subject to 25% duties after a public comment and hearing period, which is currently underway.

Tariffs will not be put in place immediately on this latest list of Chinese products. USTR is requesting comments on the new list first, which are due by August 17th.  USTR will also conduct a hearing on August 20th.