Impact of USA’s Announced China Import Tariffs on Metrology Equipment

The Trump administration has announced an aggressive new set of tariffs against China, setting a 25 percent import tax on $50 billion worth of “industrially significant technologies” imported from China commencing 6th July 2018. According to the comments from the White House, the tariffs are targeted at China’s “Made in China 2025” initiative, which aims to promote high-tech manufacturing within China. “The United States can no longer tolerate losing our technology and intellectual property through unfair economic practices,” the White House is quoted from a statement.

It would appear that all of the coordinate measuring machines, optical and profile projectors and measuring instruments currently manufactured in China, whether imported as complete assemblies, kits or parts, will be subject to the new tariff structure.

It will certainly be interesting to watch in coming weeks as this impending potential trade-war works its way through the political maneuvering with metrology capital equipment from almost all of the major global brands caught in the cross-fire.

An extract of metrology related products from the complete published list are:

90314100 ……….. Optical measuring/checking instruments/appliances for inspecting semiconductor wafers/devices or photomasks/reticle used to mfg such devices
90314910 ……….. Profile projectors
90314940 ……….. Optical coordinate-measuring machines, nesoi
90314970 ……….. Optical instrument & appliance: to inspect masks (not photomask) used to mfg
semiconductor devices; to measure contamination on such devices
90314990 ……….. Other optical measuring or checking instruments, appliances and machines, nesoi
90318040 ……….. Electron beam microscopes fitted with equipment specifically designed for the
handling and transport of semiconductor devices or reticles
90318080 ……….. Measuring and checking instruments, appliances and machines, nesoi
90319021 ……….. Parts and accessories of profile projectors
90319054 ……….. Parts & accessories of measuring & checking optical instruments & appliances of
subheading 9031.41 or 9031.49.70
90319059 ……….. Parts & accessories of measuring & checking optical instruments & appliances, other
than test benches or profile projectors, nesoi
90319070 ……….. Parts and accessories of articles of subheading 9031.80.40
90319091 ……….. Parts and accessories of measuring or checking instruments, appliances and machines,
nesoi

For more information: www.ustr.gov

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