Impact of Tariffs

Impact of Tariffs

Heatron proudly makes our products in the United States.

Tariffs artificially raise the cost of imported goods.  Additionally, there is time lost as Customs review the contents of all items imported from China.  This is done to make certain that importers are not purposely misclassifying their shipments to avoid the tariffs.  Finally, when you feel that something is disputable, there could be lenghty delays during this appeal process.

Our US customers do not need to worry about tariffs and importing of our fully assembled products.  However, most electronic components are made in Asian countries such as Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Korea.  Sometimes, either due to specification, certification or lack of options, we have no choice but to procure components made in China.  Additionally, market speculation regarding tariffs is artificially driving component and metal prices higher regardless of country of origin.

Unrelated to tariffs, is a worldwide shortage of MLCC (multi-layer ceramic chip) capacitors.  Lead times of 52 weeks or longer are not uncommon.  We aim to find alternates, but global demand is surpassing supply at a significant rate.

Heatron strives to do what we can to lessen the impact on prices and lead time.  If you have any concerns, please contact us immediately to have your products requoted.  We strongly recommend ordering your anticipated 2019 usage now for any product featuring an MLCC capacitor to avoid any impacts to your end product.  Heatron will work with you to schedule production and shipments to help minimize your inventory exposure.

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For your reference, a partial list of HTS codes will follow for products we think will impact our customers.

Round 1 tariffs - in effect as of July 6, 2018; 25% tax rate.

  • 8541.40.20 - Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • 8541.90.00 - Parts of diodes, transistors, similar semiconductor devices, photosensitive semiconductor devices, LED’s and mounted piezoelectric crystals
  • 9030.90.68 - Printed circuit assemblies, NESOI

Round 2 tariffs - in effect as of Spetember 24, 2018 with 10% rate.  Beginning Jan 1, 2019, increases to 25% rate.

  • 8536.50.70 - Certain specified electronic and electromechanical snap-action switches, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V
  • 8541.10.00 - Diodes, other than photosensitive or light-emitting diodes
  • 8542.31.00 - Electronic integrated circuits: processors and controllers
  • 8542.90.00 - Parts of electronic integrated circuits and microassemblies
  • 8476.21.00 - Automatic beverage-vending machines incorporating heating or refrigerating devices
  • 8476.29.00 - Automatic beverage-vending machines other than machines that incorporate heating or refrigerating devices
  • 8476.81.00 - Automatic goods-vending machines (other than beverage-vending) incorporating heating or refrigerating devices
  • 8512.20.20 - Electrical lighting equipment of a kind used for motor vehicles or cycles other than bicycles
  • 8512.20.40 - Electrical visual signaling equipment of a kind used for motor vehicles or cycles other than bicycles
  • 8516.21.00 - Electric storage heating radiators
  • 8516.29.00 - Electric space heating apparatus and electric soil heating apparatus, other than storage heating radiators
  • 8516.80.80 - Electric heating resistors, nesoi
  • 8533.39.00 - Electrical wirewound variable resistors, including rheostats and potentiometers, for a power handling capacity exceeding 20W
  • 8539.32.00 - Mercury or sodium vapor discharge lamps or metal halide discharge lamps (other than ultraviolet lamps)
  • 8539.49.00 - Ultraviolet or infrared lamps
  • 9405.10.40 - Chandeliers and other electric ceiling or wall lighting fittings (o/than used for public spaces), of brass
  • 9405.10.60 - Chandeliers and other electric ceiling or wall lighting fixtures (o/than used for public spaces), of base metal (o/than brass)
  • 9405.10.80 - Chandeliers and other electric ceiling or wall lighting fixtures (o/than used for public spaces), not of base metal
  • 9405.40.40 - Electric lamps and lighting fixtures nesoi, of brass
  • 9405.40.60 - Electric lamps and lighting fixtures nesoi, of base metal (o/than brass)
  • 9405.40.84 - Electric lamps and lighting fixtures nesoi, not of base metal