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China to halve tariffs on some US imports

Reuters BEIJING | Updated on February 06, 2020 Published on February 06, 2020

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The new tariffs to take effect from February 14

China said on Thursday it will halve additional tariffs levied against 1,717 products imported from the United States last year, following the signing of a Phase 1 trade deal that brought a truce to a bruising trade war.

China's finance ministry said in a statement that tariff reductions for the relevant goods, which were implemented on September 1, will take effect from 0501 GMT on February 14.

 

The reductions come about three weeks after the two countries signed the Phase 1 trade deal in Washington, which included China's promise to boost purchases of US goods and services by $200 billion over two years in exchange for the United States rolling back some tariffs imposed against Chinese goods.

China's finance ministry said in a statement that additional tariffs levied on some goods will be cut to 5 per cent from 10 per cent previously, while extra tariffs on some goods will be lowered to 2.5 per cent from 5 per cent previously. The ministry did not state the value of the goods that are affected by the decision.

China hopes it and the United States can abide by the trade deal and implement it to boost market confidence, push bilateral trade development and aid global economic growth, the ministry added. Some analysts said following the trade deal that China may need to roll back some of the tariffs on US goods such as soybeans and crude oil in order to meet its purchasing commitments.

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Published on February 06, 2020
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