WASHINGTON — Industry and retail trade groups for the most part are opposed to the Trump administration's decision to impose import tariffs ranging up to 25 percent on as much as $250 billion in goods imported from China.
President Trump announced the tariffs June 15, then on June 18 ordered U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to draw up a further list of Chinese goods worth $200 billion to be levied 10-percent tariffs if China refuses to take steps to narrow the trade deficit with the U.S.
Among the products subject to 25-percent tariffs are new and retreaded aircraft tires, several types of machinery for molding or processing rubber and plastics, and a long list of motor vehicles.
The initial list of 1,102 Chinese products facing tariffs, covering 28 closely printed pages, was issued June 15. Besides the aforementioned goods, the list covers products in aerospace, information and communications technology, robotics and raw materials.
Tariffs against 818 products, totaling $34 billion, will go into effect July 6. The rest of the products, identified by an interagency committee as benefiting from Chinese industrial policies, will undergo further review and a public comment period.
"Trade between our nations…has been very unfair, for a very long time," Mr. Trump said in a June 15 statement explaining his reasons for the new tariffs. These tariffs are essential to preventing further unfair transfers of American technology and intellectual property to China, which will protect American jobs.
"In addition," he said, "they will serve as an initial step toward bringing balance to the trade relationship between the United States and China."
Mr. Trump promised further tariffs if China retaliated against the U.S., including new tariffs on American goods, services and agricultural goods, raising non-tariff barriers or taking punitive actions against American exporters or U.S. companies doing business in China.