WASHINGTON – In comments submitted today, ITI, the global voice of the tech sector, highlighted the harmful impact the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) proposed List 4 tariffs on Chinese goods would have on American consumers, businesses, supply chains, and technological competitiveness. The international tech trade association, which is comprised of top innovation companies from all corners of the technology sector, outlined the specific product lines the proposed tariffs would impact and the ripple effect the potential taxes would create.
“ITI appreciates the administration’s focus on China’s unfair trade practices; however, the continued escalation of tariffs, including the recently proposed 25 percent tariffs on nearly $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, accelerates harm to all American consumers, workers, and businesses - both large and small - with no negotiated outcomes to show for it,” ITI wrote. “While the administration has claimed to have taken steps to avoid placing tariffs on consumer products, there is simply no way to protect consumers from tariffs on $300 billion worth of goods, now slated to increase to $500 billion worth of goods. The imposition of 25 percent additional duties on List 4 products would cause direct, additional harm to U.S. consumers, cost U.S. jobs, and undermine U.S. technology companies in the intense competition for global leadership.”
ITI does not support the imposition of tariffs on any of USTR’s proposed products, particularly as a method of resolving the issues identified through USTR’s Section 301 investigation. Those products include:
- Consumer products such as batteries, flash and SD memory cards; digital cameras; video game consoles; machines; and remotes; lamps, including LED lamps; laptops, tablets, smartphones; computer and television monitors; speakers, print, copy, and fax machines; and video recording and reproduction.
- Components of products such as ink and toner cartridges; laptop and computing parts; data transmission and processing parts; printed circuits; camera strobes and flash accessories; opto-electronically displayed watches; rubber fittings; and metal mountings and fittings.
Naomi Wilson, ITI’s Senior Director of Policy, Asia, will testify on behalf of the association on Friday, June 21 at USTR’s hearing. This submission follows ITI’s comments on USTR’s List 2 and List 3 tariffs from summer 2018.