Trade and Tariffs

Trade Connects the Electronics Manufacturing Ecosystem

SEMI stands for free trade, open markets and the protection of intellectual property. Our industry enables the $2.0 trillion electronics market and depends on free trade throughout the global supply chain. Trade has been central to technology development and is the key to further innovation. For nearly 50 years, SEMI has advocated for free trade, open markets and the protection of intellectual property.  

Latest Developments

 SEMI Calls for Exclusion Process for Products in New China Tariff List
October 1, 2018 – Last week, SEMI joined a coalition of business groups in calling for Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative, to enact an exclusion process for the most recent tranche of tariffs on $200 billion in goods imported from China.
 U.S.-China Trade War Heats Up with Semiconductor Industry Caught in the Middle
September 21, 2018 – U.S. goverment imposes tariffs on $200 billion of goods and China retaliates on $60 billion of goods. 
 SEMI Testifies Against Third Round of U.S. Tariffs Citing Damage to Semiconductor Supply Chain
August 21, 2018 – In testimony today before a U.S. government interagency panel considering tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, SEMI called for the removal of nearly 100 tariff lines, all of which cover items critical to the semiconductor manufacturing process, including materials and machines.


US/China Trade Policy Timeline


SEMI Trade Perspectives

 China Trade Brings Semiconductor Executives to DC for the Fall Washington Forum
September 18, 2018
 The Hidden Cost of Tariffs
August 16, 2018 
 U.S. Imposes Second Round of Tariffs on Semiconductor Products – Squarely Hits Semiconductor Industry 
August 8, 2018
 SEMI Supports Congressional Response to USTR Regarding China Trade Tariffs
July 31, 201


 SEMI Testifies Against U.S. Tariffs, Members Meet with Congressional Leaders Urging Trade Action
July 27, 2018
 U.S. Imposes Tariffs on Semiconductor Products, Proposes Additional Tariffs that Threaten Deeper Damage to the Industry 
June 15, 2018
 Despite Respite, U.S. Trade Tensions with China Heat Up
June 6, 2018
 SEMI Opposes Trade Tariffs Against China, Cites Damaging Impact to Chip Industry in U.S. Government Testimony 
May 17, 2018
 SEMI Concerned by Use of Tariffs and Urges Congressional Leaders to Engage in Multi-Industry Associal Letter 
April 12, 2018
 U.S. Trade Tensions with China Hit Fever Pitch
Mach 20, 2018
 Turbulent Times Ahead for Trade
January 23, 2018




SEMI Advocacy in the News

SEMI Calls for exclusion process for products in new China tariff list
(SolidState Technology; October 2018)

Week in Review: Tariffs; Intel-Micron saga; mask/litho survey
(Semiconductor Engineering; September 21, 2018)

U.S.-China trade war heats up with semiconductor industry caught in the middle
(SolidState Technology; September 2018)

China trade brings semiconductor executives to DC for the Fall Washington Forum
(SolidState Technology; September 2018)

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test: Tariffs; electric car IPO; China III-V foundry

Oregon's chip industry casts wary eye on budding trade war
(OregonLive; Aug. 21, 2018)

CEOs Trying to Temper Trump Tariffs as U.S.-China Talks Open
(Bloomberg; Aug 20, 2018)

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test: Trade wars; materials merger; Magic Leap flops.

China Tariffs to Hit the Chip Sector
(EETimes; Aug. 8, 2018)

SEMI testifies against third round of U.S. tariffs citing damage to semiconductor supply chain
(Solid State Technology; Aug 2018)

The Impact of Tariffs on Engineering and Manufacturing, Part 2
(ASME; Aug. 2018)

US-China trade war dims bright future for semiconductors
Nikkei Asian Review; July 15, 2018)

U.S. Industries Fear Worst Is Yet to Come From Trump Tariffs
(Bloomberg; July 5, 2018)

SEMI testifies against U.S. tariffs; Members meet with congressional leaders urging trade action
(Solid State Technology; July 2018)

Chip Industry on Edge as Trade War Heats Up
(EETimes; June 18, 2018)

U.S. Pulls Back From Brink of Trade War With China
(EETimes; May 21, 2018)

SEMI opposes trade tariffs against China, cites damaging impact to chip industry in U.S. government testimony
(Solid State Technology, May-18)

Trump's Tariff List to Impact Supply Chain
(EETimes; April 4, 2018)

U.S. trade tensions with China hit fever pitch
(Solid State Technology; March 2018)

U.S. trade tensions with China hit fever pitch
(Solid State Technology; March 2018)

A Trade War with China Could Catch Tech in the Crossfire
(Wired; Feb. 8 2018)

The Week In Review: Manufacturing: Talent/trade issues; SiP EDA; Samsung CapEx; flying cars.

Turbulent times ahead for trade
(Solid State Technology; Jan 2018)