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FAQ about Section 301 - China Tariff
What parts are impacted by the new tariff?

Beginning with shipments made on October 1, 2019, Symmetry will bill Section 301 tariff charges at a flat rate reflecting those of our suppliers. Our approach is one geared towards simplicity and equitability. Please contact sales for the current tariff rates and affected device types.

Will Symmetry charge the tariff to customers?

Beginning with shipments made on October 1, 2019, Symmetry will bill Section 301 tariff charges at a flat rate reflecting those of our suppliers. Our approach is one geared towards simplicity and equitability. Please contact sales for the current tariff rates and affected device types.

How will Symmetry bill me for the incremental tariff charge?

We will require a Purchase Order revision to add a separate line item for the tariff amount. Our approach for billing customers will be to accumulate the tariff over a defined period and provide a standalone invoice for the tariff charges. The exception will be for suppliers that have chosen to increase the piece part price, in which case we will have no choice but to pass these prices increases along in the purchase price. We believe separating the tariff will reduce the supply chain impact and have the least disruptive effect from an accounting and business process perspective.

When will Symmetry begin/end billing customers for the incremental tariff charge?

Beginning with shipments made on October 1, 2019, Symmetry will bill Section 301 tariff charges at a flat rate reflecting those of our suppliers. 

Symmetry has decided to absorb the tariffs for a period of time. How can Symmetry afford to do this?

Symmetry typically has approximately 90-days of estimated usage on hand, so much of our current inventory of Section 301 impacted parts will be imported before the effective date. We buy this in advance of customer demand and have inventory in stock that was brought in prior to the assessment of the section 301 tariff. There will be instances where Symmetry may not have enough tariff-free parts to cover all customer demand. Symmetry has made the decision to absorb these costs while our systems are being modified to properly assess and collect the tariffs in the future.

In short, Symmetry’s world-class inventory allows us to delay billing for the Section 301 tariffs for the time being.

Are other distributors delaying implementation of the tariffs?

We do not know if other distributors will postpone, that is a business decision each must make. The industry is dealing with the same challenges relating to identifying affected parts, systems, how to invoice the tariff, and so on. Symmetry’s position is that we will wait until these issues have been resolved before we begin passing the tariff along to the customer.

How will the charge for the tariff be determined?

Beginning with shipments made on October 1, 2019, Symmetry will bill Section 301 tariff charges at a flat rate reflecting those of our suppliers. Our approach is one geared towards simplicity and equitability. Please contact sales for the current tariff rates and affected device types.

Can I specify in my order that I do not want China parts?

Symmetry carries a mixture of inventory that includes parts made exclusively in China and parts that come from China that may be made in other jurisdictions. At this time, Symmetry is unable to guarantee that any requests for parts made in places outside of China can be honored. Therefore, we will not be making any specific guarantees related to this type of request. Symmetry will assume that all customers would like to purchase parts from other sources where available and will take steps to alter buying patterns to reflect customer demand.

Will Section 301 tariffs be assessed on shipments to Puerto Rico or other US territories?

Shipments to Puerto Rico and other US territories are subject to Section 301 tariffs.

One of the ways Symmetry mitigates the effect of the tariff for exports is duty drawback. However, shipments to US territories do not qualify for drawback. Because Puerto Rico is a US territory and shipments to Puerto Rico are not considered exports, shipments to Puerto Rico or other US territories do not qualify for tariff exemption.

Will Symmetry accept customer cancellations of NCNR orders due to the tariff?

No, the NCNR must be enforced. Symmetry is only administering the tariff that is imposed upon us and is unable to modify this condition of sale.

What is Symmetry’s strategy for mitigating the tariff impact to customers?

Symmetry is working with suppliers to review the supply chain on parts being acquired after the effective date of the tariff. In working with suppliers on the inbound side, Symmetry will make buying decisions that provide the best available solution for procuring inventory that reduces the impact of the tariff. This may include strategies such as redirecting inbound inventory and buying from supplier sites in locations other than China. In addition to optimizing the procurement process, Symmetry has developed a process that is meant to be simple and flexible to allow customers ultimate decision-making over how to handle the tariff within their own environment.

Are part lead times and availability impacted?

Symmetry has not heard from any suppliers that lead times and availability are being impacted due to the tariff situation.

Are prices going to change?

Symmetry will not be implementing any price changes outside of the normal course of business due to tariff related issues unless a supplier chooses to add the tariff to the cost of the component.

We will continue to keep our product prices separate from government mandated tariff charges.

When will the customer know when/if an order contains items that are impacted?

Symmetry will provide the tariff amount for affected items as a separate line item in the order. Customers will have the opportunity to review the tariff charges for affect items before placing the order.

What is the industry outlook for tariff-related issues?

Symmetry is a member of various industry groups and trade associations that indicate common themes across the issues, similar to those addressed in this FAQ. Symmetry is not unique in needing a) a strong cooperation from suppliers to identify the impact on the affected parts and b) a flexible solution for customers that does not adversely affect the component supply chain.
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How do I know if the product I want to buy is in stock?
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What about shipping costs? Are they included in my order?

Shipping charges are based on our negotiated rates with the common carriers. FedEx is our preferred carrier and offers the deepest discounts to most destinations. Occasionally we get a product weight wrong and you will see an unusually high freight amount. If this happens, please contact us so we can correct the charges. An order confirmation will be sent to you after you place your order, and upon shipping, an invoice will be emailed to you with the detail of all charges. We do not charge your credit card until your order is shipped. does not ship via USPS.

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What are the payment terms?
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When will my credit card be charged?
Your credit card will be charged the day your order is shipped. You will receive an invoice by email itemizing the charges.
What if I need to return something?
We accept merchandise returns within 30 days of the original invoice date subject of the terms outlined in our terms and conditions.
Do you offer volume pricing?

We do! not only we provide products for design and prototype needs, we are well equipped to assist you with your full production runs.

Please contact us, or send us a Request For Quotation (RFQ) and we will be happy to quote you or your contact manufacturer price and delivery details for your production needs.

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