U.S. trade officials have invited you to comment on their latest list of proposed import tariffs covering 6,031 categories of items from China. They may get an earful, as the levies cover a motley array of niche products .
Bovine semen is targeted for the 10 percent tax along with bricks, caviar and caviar substitutes , frog legs (fresh, chilled or frozen), vacuum cleaners, more than 40 categories of tobacco products, hair from horses, pigs and humans and something called "vegetable hair.” Hipsters and anyone else coveting the porous, soft-tipped luxury of badger-hair shaving brushes may be among the commenters, as the bristles also made the list published Tuesday by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.
The items are part of the $200 billion round of import taxes that broadened trade hostilities that began July 6 with a U.S. list targeting $34 billion in trade including flamethrowers , fetal bovine serum and blood. The due date for filing requests to appear at a public hearing on the duties proposed in the list published Tuesday is July 27, while written comments will be accepted until Aug. 17.
As for weighing in, the USTR said it “strongly prefers electronic submissions made through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov .” The docket number is USTR-2018-0026.
Read Badger Hair, Frog Legs Among Niche Products on Trump’s Tariff List on bloomberg.com