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China Tariffs Now at 25%…Sort of


On May 10, President Trump increased the punitive tariffs on U.S. imports of travel goods from China from 10% to 25%. However, according to the Federal Register notice and CSMS messages from U.S. Customs and Border Protection – 236 and 238:

  • For goods entered (imported into the U.S.) before 12:01 AM (Eastern) on Friday, May 10, the punitive tariff remains at 10%.
  • For goods that were exported from China before 12:01 AM (Eastern) on Friday, May 10, and entered (imported into the U.S.) before Saturday, June 1, the punitive tariff remains at 10%.
  • To use this special duty rate, which is intended to provide relief from the duty increase for goods already on the water before May 10, the Trump administration has established a special temporary Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) number of HTS 9903.88.09.
  • For goods entered (imported into the U.S.) on or after Saturday, June 1, regardless of when they are exported, the punitive tariff is 25%.

Remember that the punitive tariff on U.S. travel goods imports from China is on top of normal tariffs. Example: normal tariff on U.S. import textile luggage or backpacks is 17.6%. With the 25% punitive tariff, the total tariff on U.S. imports of textile luggage or backpacks from China goes up to 42.6% (17.6% normal tariff + 25% punitive tariff). Today, 82% of all travel goods sold in the U.S. are from China. We need you to raise your voices now in opposition to the new China Tariffs.

You can send a letter to your elected members of Congress and the President by clicking here to use TGA's partner, the AAFA Legislative Action Center. If you want to speak to the media to share your stories about how tariffs have affected you, please contact TGA's Nate Herman at

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