The tariffs could take effect after public consultations end on August 30, according to a statement from the U.S. Trade Representative's office Tuesday.
"As in the past, the United States is willing to engage in efforts that could lead to a resolution of our concerns about China's unfair trade practices and to China opening its market to U.S. goods and services", he said. The proposed list of goods includes consumer items such as clothing, television components and refrigerators as well as other high-tech items, but it omitted some high-profile products like mobile phones.
Trump said last week the United States may ultimately impose tariffs on more than $500 billion worth of Chinese goods - roughly the total amount of USA imports from China a year ago. China responded with levies of its own, targeting $34 billion in US products such as pork and whiskey.
Many others in the USA are already feeling the effects of the tariffs.
In the case of the China-U.S. squabble, Trump imposed aluminum and steel tariffs in early March in order to protect those American industries. Trump then promised tariffs on about 1,300 Chinese products.
The official said the decision was not final and that the list of Chinese goods would not become final until after the public had a chance to comment. China has vowed to retaliate dollar-for-dollar to any further USA tariffs.
In a statement, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said that the new 10 percent tariffs were in response to what he called China's "retaliation and failure to change its practices".