Tariffs on imported products from China have been a major tool in President Donald Trump’s trade war against China. The impacted products are broken down into four long and dense lists.

The first three are ordered by the date they were made effective. The fourth one, which has yet to take effect, will encompass every item not covered by the first three. For wary consumers and curious observers, here is a breakdown of some of the items included in each round of tariffs. While the first two may only be a major concern to businesses and industrial institutions, the third contains a wide variety of items that consumers should be aware of.

List 1:

Instituted on July 6, 2018, the first list includes tools, machines, and materials pertaining to numerous industries, including power, farming, and air travel, among many others. Some of the specific items include parts for nuclear reactors, turbojet aircraft and parts used to construct them, helicopters, combine harvesters, gas turbines, industrial furnaces, non-household dishwashers, milking machines, poultry incubators, X-ray tubes and motorcycles.

List 2:

Instituted on Aug. 23, 2018, the second round of tariffs is similarly focused on more industrial, non-consumer concerns. However, unlike List 1, this one is focused on compounds, chemicals, and materials. These include things like polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, polyethylene, melamine resins, acrylic polymers, cellulose, synthetic rubbers and iron or steel intended for numerous types of structures.

List 3:

This list, instituted on Sept. 24, 2018, begins to affect consumer products. In addition to more chemicals and compounds, it also includes a long list of foods, including meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, and grains. It also includes consumer products like paint, ink, shampoo, make-up, perfume, tires, leathers, clothing, furniture, speedometers, lamps, television components, and much, much more.

Markups on these three lists will increase to 30 percent on Oct. 1, according to Ecomcrew. List 4 is planned to take effect on Dec. 15. Trump recently made the move to delay the effective date of the final round of tariffs, stating that it was a gesture of goodwill in advance of new high-level trade talks set to take place next month.

Donald Trump said his delay in hiking tariffs was 'a gesture of good will' to China as the two sides prepare for high-level talks next month Donald Trump said his delay in hiking tariffs was 'a gesture of good will' to China as the two sides prepare for high-level talks next month Photo: AFP / JIM WATSON