What happens to Trump’s China tariff if goods enter via a third country?
September 12, 2019 9:43 AM   Subscribe

The question is basically self-explanatory. If a shipment of manufactured product went to Canada or Mexico first, would it still be liable for the Trump tariff on Chinese goods when it entered the U.S.?
posted by zadcat to Law & Government (3 answers total)
If the intermediaries do nothing to the goods, _and_ are honest, then they're still Chinese goods.

If the intermediaries "substantially transform" the Chinese inputs, then they're now Canadian/Mexican goods.

If the intermediaries lie about the origin, then they're now Canadian/Mexican goods.
posted by whisk(e)y neat at 9:52 AM on September 12, 2019 [2 favorites]

There is nothing new about differential tariffs on imported goods (and other reasons why the origin of goods is critical in international trade), and there is a well-established paper trail and verification procedure, as well as a complicated set of rules for defining the origin of imported goods.
posted by drlith at 10:06 AM on September 12, 2019 [1 favorite]

drlith, that is exactly what I needed to know and the level of complexity suitable for what I'm explaining in a summary. The wikipedia pages are perfect if the recipient wants to know more.
posted by zadcat at 10:11 AM on September 12, 2019

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