Tuesday Tariffs Include Construction Equipment

April 4, 2018
List of Chinese manufactured products targeted with tariffs includes construction equipment

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released a list of 1,300 proposed tariff increases, but set a 30-day period for receiving comments from affected businesses. The comment period leaves an opening for the sort of negotiated settlement that business groups favor.

The list of Chinese manufactured products, available here, includes equipment which is used in construction, mining, manufacturing, and transport. Some of those products include:    

  • Tower cranes
  • Derricks, cranes and other lifting machinery
  • Works trucks powered by an electric motor
  • Rider type forklift trucks
  • Bulldozers and angledozers
  • Graders and levelers, scrapers
  • Tamping machines and road rollers
  • Wheel loaders
  • Continuous-action elevators and conveyors, for goods or materials, specially designed for underground use
  • Backhoes, shovels, clamshells and draglines with a 360 degree revolving superstructure
  • Self-propelled coal or rock cutters and tunneling machinery
  • Pile drivers
  • Boring or sinking machinery
  • Parts for offshore oil & natural gas, drilling and production platforms
  • Concrete or mortar mixers
  • Machines for mixing mineral substances with bitumen
  • Machinery for public works, building or the like
  • Electric machines and apparatus for resistance welding of metal
  • Electric machines and apparatus for arc (including plasma arc) welding of metals
  • Motor vehicles for transport of goods, cab chassis for dumpers designed for off-highway use
  • Motor vehicles for transport of goods, complete dumpers designed for off-highway use
  • Parts for many of the items listed above

According to Reuters, USTR developed the tariff targets using a computer algorithm designed to choose products that would inflict maximum pain on Chinese exporters, but limit the damage to U.S. consumers.

A USTR official said the product list got an initial scrub by removing products identified as likely to cause disruptions to the U.S. economy and those that needed to be excluded for legal reasons.