A round of new tariffs taking effect on Sept. 24 affect 5,745 Chinese goods totaling $200 billion in imports, a move that could seriously impact facilities budgets.
The initial tariffs start at 10 percent, but will climb to 25 percent starting on Jan. 1, 2019.
The list of goods subject to the newest tariffs include these common facilities products:
- Pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and rodenticides
- Fly ribbons
- Flexible plastic tubes, pipes and hoses
- Vinyl tile and other vinyl flooring
- Carpets and textile-based flooring
- Plastic bidets, lavatory pans, flushing cisterns and other sanitary ware
- Plastic “builders’ ware”
- Natural rubber, including latex
- More than 10 species of wood in raw and partially finished forms
- Oriented strand board and particle board
- Bamboo, including floor coverings and screens
- Toilet paper
- Cotton and wool products
- Copper, aluminum, steel and tin
- Equipment and parts for air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, humidifiers/dehumidifiers, and heat pumps
- Office machines
- Evaporative air coolers
- Floor polishers and carpet sweepers
- Wood and metal furniture
- Electric lamps and lighting fixtures
“Unfortunately, China has been unwilling to change its policies involving the unfair acquisition of U.S. technology and intellectual property,” the Office of the United States Trade Representative notes in a statement. “Instead, China responded to the United States’ tariff action by taking further steps to harm U.S. workers and businesses. In these circumstances, the President has directed the U.S. Trade Representative to increase the level of trade covered by the additional duties in order to obtain elimination of China’s unfair policies. The Administration will continue to encourage China to allow for fair trade with the United States.”
In the short term, these items will likely increase in price, which means that facilities professionals stocking up on certain products will pay more for them.
The rising prices will especially affect facilities that need lamps and lighting fixtures that aren’t made of base metal, which topped $1.94 billion in imports from China last year, and certain kinds of furniture (mainly wood and metal).
Previous tariffs introduced in March 2018 targeted steel and aluminum imports and resulted in retaliatory tariffs from a number of countries affected by the policy, including longtime allies Canada and the European Union.
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