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HEPA alerts on 25 per cent tariffs on Chinese imports

The Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA) recently alerted its members about the new list of Chinese imports proposed for a 25 per cent tariff. The US Trade Representative’s (USTR) notice is expected to be published in the Federal Register in the next several days.

According to the USTR text, HTS provisions not subject to a specific importer or HTS exclusion will get a 25 per cent duty rate, including HFPA and ADFC [American Down and Feather Council] members’ products.

USTR will also hold public hearings on the tariffs, which the Trump administration proposed in retaliation against subsidies on large civil aircraft by the European Union (EU) and certain EU member states. If enacted, the tariffs would fall on goods imported into the US from all EU member countries. Representatives of the National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association and the American Apparel & Footwear Association are also on the hearing panel list. All three groups oppose the tariffs.