Analysis

China Tariff Relief Is Back, And So Is Importers' Angst

By Alex Lawson (October 8, 2021, 5:24 PM EDT) -- Importer attorneys have welcomed the Biden administration's restart of a process to secure exclusions from tariffs on Chinese goods, but questions about the scope of the effort and lingering concerns over its transparency have put the trade bar on alert.

As part of a broader reset of U.S.-China trade policy, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai announced on Oct. 4 that she would reinstate the tariff exclusion process that allows importers to avoid paying levies on Chinese goods that are not sufficiently available from other sources.

The announcement gave a lift to importers, who have been pressing the government to reinstate the...

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