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US drops tariffs on gantry cranes

Gantry cranes have been removed from the list of Chinese imports that will be subject to new US tariffs starting next week.

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The US administration has agreed to requests from US ports and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) to remove gantry cranes from the list of items that will be subject to new tariffs from 24 September.

 

This week the US Trade Representative (USTR) released its final list of approximately $200 billion worth of items that will be subject to new tariffs. “In accordance with the direction of President Trump, the additional tariffs will be effective starting September 24, 2018, and initially will be in the amount of 10 percent. Starting January 1, 2019, the level of the additional tariffs will increase to 25 percent”.

 

Removing item 8426.19.00 from the list will come as a massive relief to US ports that have ordered Chinese-made container cranes. The AAPA in particular can claim a credit for achieving what looked like it would be an unlikely victory heading into the hearings in August. The committee hearing comments on the first round of tariffs maintained a hard line on requests for exemptions, and removed just five items from the tariff lists then under consideration. After the August hearings, however, 297 tariff lines were “fully or partially” removed from the original list of 6,031 items.

 

While tariff category 8426.19.00 was the main concern, the AAPA also asked for 8426.91.00 - “Derricks, cranes and other lifting machinery nesoi designed for mounting on road vehicles”; and 8426.30.00 - “Portal or pedestal jib cranes” to be removed as they may cover port yard equipment, it felt. That request was unsuccessful and products falling under these categories will be subject to a 10% tariff from 24 September.

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