China Policy Changes Announced Again

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Aug 14, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC -- In this era of fast-paced trade policy actions, the Trump Administration and the U.S. Trade Representative recently announced a new round of tariffs on Chinese products due to take effect September 1, 2019.  The 10 percent tariff, if imposed, includes rough rice, which joins brown, milled, parboiled, and broken rice which are currently subject to a 25 percent tariff imposed in May.

Yesterday, the Administration announced that the 10 percent tariffs would be delayed until December 15, but only for some products, including cell phones, laptop computers, video game consoles, certain toys, and items of footwear and clothing.  Rough rice remains part of the proposed September 1 tariff implementation.

Explaining the delay, President Trump said, “We're doing this for Christmas season, just in case some of the tariffs would have an impact on U.S. customers, which, so far, they've had virtually none.”

It is unclear whether this latest announcement of a delay in implementation for some products will reverse what was a widely reported edict from the Chinese government to stop buying U.S. agricultural products in response to the continued trade tensions.  USA Rice is keeping a close eye on developments, particularly since the first ever private sale of rice between a U.S. mill and a Chinese buyer was successfully completed earlier this summer, signaling the official opening of the Chinese market to U.S.-grown rice.