The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released a list of products imported from China subject to additional tariffs as part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property. Every single product that is imported into the US is assigned a code called Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS). Section XVI, chapter 85 defines the HTS codes for every piece of electrical equipment/machinery/accessory. The HTS code for LED drivers/power supplies is 8504.40.95.
Based upon their respective HTS codes, LED drivers/power supplies from ERP Power are NOT included in the first and second lists of products and, therefore, are NOT subject to the China tariff increase which took effect on July 6, 2018.
Here is a USTR fact sheet regarding the tariffs.
On July 10, 2018 the Office of the United States Trade Representative announced a third group of products for public comment. LED Drivers are included in this third product list.
On September 17, 2018, the USTR announced a final third group of products tariffs will go into effect as of September 24, 2018 as a 10% tariff, which will increase to a 25% tariff for LED Drivers as of January 1, 2019. The HTS code 8504.40.95 for LED drivers/power supplies appears in the final version of this third product list.
ERP Power is encouraging all customers to review your LED driver demand forecast for Q4 2018 and Q1 2019 so as to minimize the effects of tariffs being imposed on our products. Taking delivery in 2018 for a portion of your 2019 demand can result in a 15% tariff savings.
ERP Power will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed with any updates. More information from the USTR is available online at: https://ustr.gov/