Biden Hikes Tariffs on Numerous Imports from China: Batteries, Steel and Aluminum Products, Critical Minerals, Medical Products, and More


Pres. Biden is increasing tariffs on $18 billion worth of Chinese goods, mainly targeting key sectors deemed strategic to national security.

The Administration has for months accused China of unfair trade practices – flooding the market with goods at artificially low prices – which put U.S. manufacturers at a substantial disadvantage.

During a speech in the White House Rose Garden, Biden said, “American workers can out-work and out-compete anyone as long as the competition is fair, but for too long it hasn’t been fair… We’re not going to let China flood our market.”

“China’s using the same playbook it has before to power its own growth at the expense of others,” said Lael Brainard, the White House national economic advisor.  “China’s simply too big to play by its own rules.”

According to several new media reports, the tariff increases, which range from 25% – 100%, will be levied over the next two years and include:

Commodity Current Tariff Tariff Increase Year Levied
Battery parts (non-lithium-ion batteries) 7.5% 25% 2024
Electric vehicles 25% 100% 2024
Facemasks 0% – 7.5% 25% 2024
Lithium-ion electrical vehicle batteries 7.5% 25% 2024
Lithium-ion non-electrical vehicle batteries 7.5% 25% 2026
Medical gloves 7.5% 25% 2026
Natural graphite 0% 25% 2026
Other critical minerals 0% 25% 2024
Permanent magnets 0% 25% 2026
Semiconductors 25% 50% 2025
Ship to shore cranes 0% 25% 2024
Solar cells (whether or not assembled into modules) 25% 50% 2024
Steel and aluminum products 0% – 7.5% 25% 2024
Syringes and needles 0% 50% 2024

Beijing immediately vowed to retaliate.

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