China Extends Tariff Exemptions on 16 US Products for Another Year at the Request of Chinese Importers



Zhou Xin | South China Morning Post

China has decided to exempt tariffs on a batch of 16 US products, including fish meal, lubricants and cancer medications, for another year, marking a small concession in a much broader trade war with the United States.
China’s Ministry of Finance said on its website on Tuesday that it extended its 2019 decision to exempt the  16 American products from additional tariffs for another year, until September 16, 2021.
Those tariffs were levied in 2018 when China was engaging in a tit-for-tat tariff war with US President Donald Trump. However, the additional tariffs began to hurt Chinese importers, and Beijing started asking them in May 2019 to apply for exemptions.
The first batch of US goods exempted from additional tariffs was announced last September when China was seeking to end its trade war with the US.
The US side has threatened new tariffs while keeping additional tariffs on about US$250 billion worth of Chinese imports. China has kept retaliatory tariffs on US products as well.
In February, China exempted another batch of 65 US products, mainly medicines, from additional tariffs for a year.
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