U.S. President Trump imposed additional tariffs on US$125 billion imported from China a year ago. The United States Trade Representative issued a Federal Register to extend the exemption of a series of tariffs on Chinese imports, including smart watches, some Bluetooth and wearable data transmission devices. Examples include equipment imported from China by Apple, FitBit and other technology companies.
Tariff exemptions also include certain medical masks, stethoscopes and other medical products, as well as US$125 billion Chinese goods such as upright pianos and liquid crystal display modules.
When the additional tariff measures were introduced last year, the U.S. Trade Representative’s tariff exemption period for some products was one year, but this time the exemption measures were only extended for four months. The communique did not explain why. The analysis believes that it is to guard against China’s failure to implement the first phase of the Sino-US trade agreement, the United States can immediately impose tariffs. However, the reduction of the exemption period has increased uncertainties for importers.