The announcement of increased tariffs on nearly $300 billion of Chinese-made consumer goods by U.S. President Trump earlier this month led experts to question the effect it would have on trade between the United States and China. And the questions are still rolling in as September 1st gets closer, especially since tariffs on both sides have continued to change.
What's Going On
As of August 23rd, China responded to the United States’ tariff increase plan by imposing a tariff increase of their own. According to China’s Minister of Finance, a 5% or 10% tariff increase, depending on the type of good, will go into effect September 1st on approximately $75 billion of American-made imports. China also announced that there would be a second round of tariff increases starting December 15th, including a reinstatement of the tariff on automobiles and parts from the United States.
On Sunday, the products on list 4a, including cotton and wool socks, will be affected by a 15% tariff instead of a 10% tariff. While the products on list 4b are slated to receive the same increase on December 15th, that number isn’t set in stone, as the United States and China seem to be in a stage of escalation, leading into proposed negotiations next month.
Need a handy way to remember what will be affected? Take a look at these charts.