WASHINGTON - The United States Trade Representative's (USTR) office has announced that tariffs will be removed from some Chinese imports.
 
"Certain products are being removed from the tariff list based on health, safety, national security and other factors and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent," said a USTR release. "Further, as part of USTR’s public comment and hearing process, it was determined that the tariff should be delayed to December 15 for certain articles."
 
The majority of the removed items are furniture products, including wooden chairs and baby furniture like cradles, bassinets, and toddler beds.
 

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This is one of the largest trade cases in history filed against China at the International Trade Commission (ITC) and Dept.  of Commerce.


Trump said the delayed tariffs would help shield businesses and consumers from trade war fallout during the holiday season.

The USTR decision comes soon after China's retaliation, in which it threatened to halt shipments of agriculture products. That retaliation came soon after Trump announced the September 1 tariffs in a Twitter thread.
 
"We thought we had a deal with China three months ago, but sadly, China decided to re-negotiate the deal prior to signing," Trump tweeted. "More recently, China agreed to buy agricultural product from the U.S. in large quantities, but did not do so. Additionally, my friend President Xi said that he would stop the sale of Fentanyl to the United States – this never happened, and many Americans continue to die!"
 
See both the September 1 and December 15 lists of tariffed items here.
 

 

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