Analysis

China Tariff Clash Leaves Sliver Of Hope For Importers

By Alex Lawson (April 6, 2022, 8:17 PM EDT) -- Trump-era tariffs on over $300 billion of Chinese goods will remain in place after a round of contentious litigation, but the U.S. Court of International Trade has left a glimmer of hope for importers looking to knock down unilateral levies in the future.

In a case brought by thousands of importers challenging the duties, the court affirmed in an April 1 opinion the broad right of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to set tariffs on adversarial trading partners using Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. But it also demanded more transparency from officials regarding their tariff decisions...

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