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PCB Tariffs Are Back On 2 and 4-Layer Boards

January 19, 2021: The tariff exemptions for 2 and 4-layer rigid PCBs manufactured in China expired on December 31st. There has been no word from the Trump administration about continuing the exemptions. So—as of now—they are back in place. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) did issue extensions until March 31, 2021 on certain products related to the treatment of COVID-19. Only printed circuit board assemblies specific to this particular use [...]

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25% Tariff Resumes for 2 and 4-Layer PCBs

January 5, 2021: The tariff exemptions for 2 and 4-layer rigid PCBs manufactured in China expired on December 31st. There has been no word from the Trump administration about continuing the exemptions. So—as of now—they are back in place. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) did issue extensions until March 31, 2021 on certain products related to the treatment of COVID-19. Only printed circuit board assemblies specific to this particular use [...]

PCB Tariff Exclusion About to Expire 

December 22, 2020: The exclusions that have allowed board buyers to avoid a 25% tariff on 2- and 4-layer rigid PCBs made in China are currently set to expire on December 31. There is bipartisan support in Congress for a one-year extension of the Section 301 exclusions by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). A recent House letter to the USTR cited hardships many businesses are facing right now: “We recognize [...]

PCB Tariff Exclusion in Question

Dec. 16, 2020: Earlier this year, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued an extension of products excluded from its Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports. That list included 2 and 4-layer rigid printed circuit boards (Items 198 & 200, found on Page 16), which were exempted from the 25 percent tariff until December 31. However, there has been no confirmation—at least not yet—that those PCB exemptions will continue into next year. If [...]

Place Those PCB Orders Now: CNY 2021 Is Around the Corner

Dec. 15, 2020: Every year, some PCB buyers end up in a bind with their orders because they failed to plan for the Chinese New Year (CNY) and its associated manufacturing shutdown in Asia. Don’t be one of those buyers. While the published dates for the 2021 CNY are February 12-18, the weeks leading up to the holiday are the most important in our industry, as PCB suppliers will begin [...]

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