Tariff Rate Increase Put on Pause Amid New Discussions

December 3rd, 2018 by Jordan Scott

The United States will not raise the rate of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products to 25 percent on January 1, 2019, as previously planned, according to a statement from the White House. Tariffs will remain at the current 10-percent rate imposed on September 24, 2018, for at least another 90 days. The update came after a sideline meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit over the weekend, in Buenos Aires. President Trump called the meeting “highly successful.”

In return for the halt on a tariff rate increase, President Xi has agreed to purchase a yet to be decided upon “very substantial” amount of agricultural, energy, industrial and other products from the U.S. According to the White House statement, the purchases will “reduce the trade imbalance between our two countries.”

The two leaders agreed to begin negotiations on forced technology transfers, intellectual property protections, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft. President Trump cited forced technology transfers and a lack of intellectual property protections as reasons for the tariffs. Both parties agreed to try to complete the negotiations within the next 90 days or the 10-percent tariffs will be increased to 25 percent, according to the White House.

Fenestration-related materials on the list of products subject to the tariff include:

  • Stainless steel, doors, windows and their frames, and thresholds for doors
  • Iron or steel (o/than stainless), doors, windows and their frames, and thresholds for door
  • Wooden windows, French windows and their frames
  • French doors of wood
  • Doors of wood, other than French doors
  • Leaded glass windows and the like; multicellular or foam glass in blocks, panels, plates, shells or similar forms
  • French doors of wood
  • Doors of wood, other than French doors

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