How New China Tariffs Will Affect Our Pricing
Updated May 21, 2019
With the recent announcement regarding the 25% tariff on certain products coming from China, some customers have asked us if that will affect their pricing. It’s a fair question, considering we have a manufacturing plant in Shenzhen, China.
The answer is NO, the new tariffs will not affect the price of our plastic parts, nor the pricing for injection molds imported to the U.S. from China.
According to the revised Harmonized Tariff Schedule, the codes we use for injection molded plastic parts, CNC machined plastic parts, and injection molds are NOT subject to the 25% tariff, and we will not be taking any pricing action.
It’s also important to clarify that customer-owned injection molds that we manufacture in China, that stay in China, are not subject to tariffs. This may seem obvious, since they’re not imported, but we’ve had customers ask about this, so we want to alleviate any concerns about regular production molds.
As an on-demand, custom manufacturer, we make parts to the customer’s CAD model. Through our communication with the customer throughout a project, we will sometimes become aware of the purpose of their parts. If we know the purpose, we can determine the industry (automotive, medical, construction, etc.) and category they will be used for. Other times, we simply make the parts to the customer’s specifications, not knowing exactly what the part will be used for. Per our Terms & Conditions, it is always the customer’s responsibility to ensure that their parts are lawful (ITAR compliant, etc.).
As such, we may use the “Other” code of the polymers section of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, which is not subject to a 25% tariff. Similarly, the code for “Molds for rubbers or plastics: Injection or compression types: Other” is also not affected by the 25% tariff.
See below for the HS codes for our injection molded plastic parts, CNC machined plastic parts, and injection mold tooling. We will continue to monitor the situation on an ongoing basis, and make any necessary changes in the future as needed, but the tariffs do not currently affect our pricing.
Note: Any current tariffs on our products are included in our part pricing and mold pricing, which has not increased. We do not charge any additional amount for tariffs to your quoted price.