Machinery used in aggregates operations is to be included on a list of Chinese imports that will be subject to a 25% duty from 6 July. According to the National, Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA): “The United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced a list of Harmonised Tariff Schedule (HTS) codes that classified hundreds of goods subject to the increased tariff.”
The report says the list includes seven entries under machines and equipment parts such as sorting, screening, separating, washing, crushing and grinding.
NSSGA submitted comments to the USTR requesting that subheading 8474 be exempted from the additional duties which was rejected by the agency. USTR is now expected to publish the process for requesting an exemption in the next few weeks and to open comments on additional 284 HTS codes being considered for the duty.
Ashley Amidon, senior director of legislative affairs, says: ““It’s frustrating to see additional economic burdens placed on the small businesses who help create our infrastructure system. NSSGA will continue to oppose any additional tariffs on the industry.”