Trump and Xi meet at G20 Japan Summit in Osaka, 29 June 2019

Trump and Xi meet at G20 Japan Summit in Osaka, 29 June 2019

The US government today (13 August) set out changes to the tariffs Washington plans to levy on imports from China.

The Trump administration has removed some items from a list of China-made products that were set for tariffs from 1 September.

Washington has also delayed levying tariffs on other goods from China until 15 December.

In May, the US Trade Representative published a list of products imported from China that would be potentially subject to an additional 10% tariff, which was scheduled to come into effect at the start of next month.

In a statement today, the USTR said "certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors" and would not face the tariff.

Asked by just-food if any food items were being removed, the USTR said: "Approximately 25 tariff lines were removed from the original proposed list, including certain kinds of fish, such as cod, salmon."

Products that will not face the tariff until at least 15 December include mobile phones, laptops and certain toys, footwear and clothing.

On food, a full list of goods that will see the levy delayed to at least 15 December includes foods such as Alaska pollock and sugar beet.

The 10% tariff is set to come on top of a 25% levy Washington had already placed on another US$250bn of imports from China.