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January 7, 2016

Pres. Obama Cuts Tariff Rates on Environmental Goods

On December 23, 2015, President Obama issued a proclamation modifying the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) to reduce applied tariff rates to 5 percent or less on 54 environmental products, including certain equipment or apparatus used in waste management, gas or water purification, environmental monitoring, air pollution control, and alternative energy systems.  (Please click here for a complete list of goods qualifying for the reduced duty rates.)  In September 2012, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation[1] (APEC) leaders agreed to reduce the tariff rates on these environmental goods by the end of 2015.  Prior to the issuance of the proclamation, which becomes effective December 31, 2015, the U.S. applied duties ranging from 5.6 percent to 8 percent to imports of these goods.

[1] APEC is a regional economic forum established to promote sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.  APEC leaders help ensure that goods and services move efficiently across borders.  APEC has 21 members, including the United States.