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Export Ban on Major Mainland Chinese Telecom Company Lifted

16 July 2018

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced on 13 July that it has lifted a ban on exports to Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd.(collectively, ZTE...Read More


WTO Review Offers Praise and Criticism of Mainland China’s Reform Efforts

16 July 2018

The World Trade Organisation recently issued its seventh trade policy review analysing the economic environment, trade and investment regime, and trade policies and practices of mainland China. The mu...Read More


Congress Signals Interest in Re-asserting Trade Policy Authority

16 July 2018

The U.S. Constitution gives extensive authority to the U.S. Congress to set tariffs. That is why in recent trade negotiations Congress has had to delegate that authority to the president in order to a...Read More


Additional Ten Percent Tariff Proposed on US$200 Billion Worth of Imports from Mainland China

12 July 2018

The U.S. government is proposing to further escalate its efforts to address concerns with mainland China’s policies on intellectual property protection by imposing an additional ten percent duty on ap...Read More


Additional 25 Percent Tariffs Begin on Range of Mainland Chinese Products; Product Exclusion Process Announced

12 July 2018

The United States on 6 July began collecting additional duties of 25 percent on US$34 billion worth of imports spanning 818 tariff lines from mainland China....Read More


Trump Sends Mixed Messages About US WTO Membership as EU and Mainland China Agree to Spearhead Reform Effort

12 July 2018

The Trump administration continues to send mixed messages about the continued membership of the United States in the World Trade Organisation, a multi-lateral body Washington was instrumental in conce...Read More


Restrictions on US Exports to ZTE Relaxed

12 July 2018

The Trump administration announced last week that U.S. companies may engage in a limited number of activities with a mainland Chinese telecommunications company hit with sanctions earlier this year in...Read More


President Trump Pledges Tariffs on More Products from Mainland China, Eases Investment Restriction Threat

6 July 2018

President Trump is threatening to raise tariffs on another US$400 billion worth of goods from mainland China if Beijing retaliates for the 25 percent tariff the United States is planning to impose on ...Read More


U.S. to Impose 25 Percent Tariff on US$34 Billion Worth of Mainland Chinese Products on 6 July

22 June 2018

Hundreds of goods imported from mainland China will be hit with an additional 25 percent tariff starting on 6 July after a Section 301 investigation determined that mainland China’s acts, policies and...Read More


White House Signals Intention to Impose Section 301 Tariffs Soon After 15 June

8 June 2018

Just a week after saying it would suspend the imposition of an additional 25 percent tariff on US$50 billion worth of imports from mainland China, the Trump administration has announced plans to move ...Read More


U.S. and Mainland China Reach Agreement on Trade Concerns

25 May 2018

According to a joint statement issued on 19 May, the United States and mainland China have reached an agreement that will result in the suspension of U.S. plans to impose additional tariffs of 25 perc...Read More


Steel and Aluminium Tariff Exclusion Process Criticised as U.S. Temporarily Extends Exemptions for Several Countries

11 May 2018

BIS is under mounting pressure to handle the voluminous amount of product-specific exclusions companies are seeking from the additional tariffs President Trump imposed on imports of steel and aluminiu...Read More


U.S. Bans Exports to Major Mainland Chinese Telecommunications Company

27 April 2018

The United States announced on 16 April a ban on exports to mainland China’s second-largest telecommunications firm, the latest penalty against that company for violating U.S. export controls....Read More


U.S. Announces List of Mainland Chinese Products that Would Face Additional 25 Percent Duty as Trade Tensions Escalate

13 April 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has released the proposed list of mainland Chinese products that would be subject to an additional 25 percent tariff as part of the U.S. response to a Secti...Read More


Plans to Impose Additional 25 Percent Tariff on Range of Mainland Chinese Products Unveiled

29 March 2018

President Trump announced plans on 22 March to impose additional tariffs of 25 percent on an undisclosed number of mainland Chinese products (press reports state the tariffs could target as many as 1,...Read More


U.S. to Impose High Duties on Steel and Aluminium Imports

16 March 2018

President Trump on 8 March signed two presidential proclamations imposing additional tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively, on U.S. imports of foreign-made steel and aluminium products....Read More


DOC Proposes Punitive Measures on Steel and Aluminium Imports as Trump Also Threatens Reciprocal Tax on Trade

2 March 2018

On 16 February, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued its much-anticipated reports in the investigations under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to determine whether increasing imports o...Read More


USTR Report Blasts Mainland China’s Compliance with WTO Obligations

15 Feb 2018

Mainland China and Russia have failed to embrace the market-oriented economic policies championed by the World Trade Organisation and are not living up to key commitments they made when they joined th...Read More


U.S. Imposes Safeguard Tariffs on Clothes Washers and Solar Cells

2 Feb 2018

President Trump approved on 22 January the imposition of safeguard measures in the Section 201 global safeguard investigations on large residential washing machines and solar cells and modules....Read More


FDA to Exercise FSMA Enforcement Discretion, Will Soon Move Forward with Expedited Food Import Programme

19 Jan 2018

The Food and Drug Administration has announced its intent to not enforce certain provisions in four rules issued under the Food Safety Modernization Act concerning preventive controls for human and an...Read More

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