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Additional Tariffs on Chinese-Origin Optical Products Will Happen Sept 1

The Vision Council is alerting its members that Chinese-origin spectacle lenses, spectacle frames, sunglasses, reading glasses, eyeglasses, safety glasses, goggles, and many low vision devices will be subject to an additional 10% tariff starting Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.
 
Earlier this week, the Trump administration set forth two sub-lists of tariff numbers included in the fourth tranche of China 301 tariffs scheduled to go into effect on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15. These two lists—4A and 4B—include optical products and are scheduled to be subject to an additional 10% tariff.
 
For months, the administration had been threatening to attach the extra tariffs on optical goods imported from China. The first deadline to do so was extended, and the Vision Council had been organizing arguments against the move.
 
Read the full press release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), here. 
 
The items included on List 4A—which is scheduled to go into effect Sept. 1:
9001.40.00 - Spectacle lenses of glass, unmounted
9001.50.00 - Spectacle lenses of materials other than glass, unmounted
9003.11.00 - Frames and mountings, of plastics, for spectacles, goggles or the like
9003.19.00 - Frames and mountings, other than of plastics, for spectacles, goggles or the like
9003.90.00 - Parts of frames and mountings for spectacles, goggles or the like
9004.10.00 - Sunglasses, corrective, protective or other
9004.90.00 - Spectacles, goggles and the like, corrective, protective or other, other than sunglasses
9005.10.00 – Binoculars
 
The items included on List 4B—which is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 15:
9005.80.40 - Optical telescopes, including monoculars
 
To read the background on the Trump Administration’s trade war threats and actions, read EB’s past reporting here.
 
Earlier this summer, The Vision Council advocated for the removal of optical products from this fourth list of tariff numbers. That process included:
 
--Submitting comments with the USTR opposing the inclusion of optical products on the fourth list because they are medical devices
 
--Testifying before the USTR by The Vision Council Chairman Ken Bradley in support of our comments and concerns
 
--Creating an ad hoc coalition of optical and eyecare related trade associations and other groups, which in turn submitted its own comments opposing the proposed inclusion of optical products
 
--Circulating The Vision Council’s comments on Capitol Hill as well as within the White House