SEMI calls for exclusion process for products in new China tariff list

By Jay Chittooran

Last week, SEMI joined a coalition of business groups in calling for Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative, to enact an exclusion process for the most recent tranche of tariffs on $200 billion in goods imported from China.

While an exclusion process was provided for in the previous tariff lists, which cover about $50 billion in goods, the administration has said that no similar process will be provided on the most recent tariffs on $200 billion (List 3), which took effect Monday. SEMI members will face millions of dollars in additional duties as a result of these tariffs. This action will also curb growth, stifle innovation, and introduce significant uncertainty in the semiconductor industry.

Americans for Free Trade is a diverse coalition, which includes hundreds of companies across the United States, to illustrate the impacts of tariffs on American businesses, consumers and manufacturers. SEMI is a member of this coalition. The full text of the letter can be found here.

Any SEMI members with questions should contact Jay Chittooran, Public Policy Manager at SEMI, at

Originally published on the SEMI blog.


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