Toronto, July 12, 2018
The Trump administration is threatening to launch a second round of tariffs on Chinese goods, with a total value of $200 billion.
On July 10th, U.S Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released a list of thousands of additional goods that could face 10% tariffs after a public comment period, which includes fruit and vegetables, handbags, refrigerators, furniture, baseball gloves and automotive parts and accessories.
The tariffs will not go into effect immediately but will undergo a two-month review process, with hearings August 20-23 at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, DC.
The move comes after the United States imposed 25% tariffs on Chinese goods worth $34 billion last Friday. Beijing immediately responded with its own tariffs on U.S. goods worth $34 billion. Tuesday's action makes good on a statement President Donald Trump made last month. He directed Lighthizer to identify $200 billion in Chinese goods for tariffs that would significantly impact China's economy, if China retaliated against U.S. penalties that are meant to punish the country for intellectual property theft.
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