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Industry Groups Call for Removal of Tariffs After China Deal

Posted April 23, 2019

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Emma Cosgrove – Supply Chain Dive)

Americans for Free Trade, a group of nearly 150 industry associations covering everything from retailers to truck engine manufacturers, sent a letter to President Donald Trump Monday calling for the removal of tariffs when a trade deal with China is reached.

The letter said the signers are “encouraged” by reported progress in negotiations with China but also concerned about the specifics of the resultant deal.

In addition to ending tariffs, the organization called for the deal to address unfair Chinese trade practices such as forced technology transfer, cyber theft, intellectual property violations and more; to avoid enforcement mechanisms that could trigger more tariffs in the future; and to provide clarity on the exemption process for the first two lists of tariffs, requesting the process goes on “regardless of negotiation outcomes.” Click here to read more.