The Trump administration has fired the latest shot in the ongoing trade war with China, highlighting $US200 billion worth of items that are eligible for a 10% tariff on products imported from China.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the list is massive, spanning 195 pages.
A number of product categories overlap with ones that were targeted in the first round of US tariffs on $US34 billion worth of goods which went into effect last week.
But the new list is impressive in both detail and scope, categorised by an extensive list of sub-indexes which align with World Trade Organisation protocols.
To start off with, there’s a list of food and beverage products which runs for about 30 pages.
Then there’s chemical products, electronics, and a huge list of fabrics. Next, there’s metals and machinery items, before the list rounds out with a range of different furniture and antique products.
Here’s a breakdown of the main items within each product category:
Food and beverage items: Seafood, dairy products, wheat and grain, nuts, dried fruits, fruit juices, mineral water, and beer and wine products.
Chemicals: Chemical-based products and concentrates which appear to comprise a vast number of elements in the periodic table.
Electronics: Various domestic electrical appliances, flashlights, lamps, ovens, microwaves, television and radio.
Fabrics: Leather, travel bags, fur products, wool, cotton, synthetic fibres, textiles, woven and knitted products.
Metals and machinery: Precious metals, alloys, iron ore and steel products, copper, nickel, zinc, tin, interchangeable tools, combustion engines, air conditioning units, hyrdolic jacks, cranes and pipes.
Vehicles: Bikes, tractors, trailers, cars, car parts and vessels (boats).
Furniture and antiques: Chairs, seats, couches, mattresses, tables, paintings, original sculptures, and lastly, “antiques of an age exceeding one hundred years”.