Trump Delays Half of China Tariffs Set to Take Effect in September

The White House announced a delay of tariffs on over $150 billion worth of Chinese imports including cellphones, laptop computers, video games consoles, and select footwear and clothing until December 15. The announcement came shortly before a 10 percent tariff on more than $300 billion in Chinese goods was set to take effect September 1.

President Trump told reporters he and his administration delayed the tariffs, “so they won’t be relevant in the Christmas shopping season… just in case they might have an impact on people.” His decision comes among mounting pressure from business and consumer groups about the state of trade and fear from many lawmakers and economists that trade conflicts between the two countries is hampering global economic growth.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said the 10% tariff would still go into effect September 1 on many Chinese imports including a wide variety of food products, school supplies, sporting goods, and clothes such as gloves, coats, and suits.

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