China Market Intelligence

April 29th, 2020
By Anna Ashton

Following cautionary reports from the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), US lawmakers last month proposed new limits and possible border blocks on imports from China that may have been produced with forced labor, such as garments made from cotton sourced in Xinjiang, China. This issue could pose significant disruptions to global retail supply chains as well as reputational concerns for brands and retailers. 

April 29th, 2020
By USCBC Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates more than two years of trade-related stress on global supply chains. In the first quarter of this year, China’s economy contracted 6.8 percent compared with Q1 2019. This was the first reported contraction since Beijing began reporting quarterly GDP data in 1992. While many companies are optimistic that China’s economy will pick up in the second quarter, they harbor concerns China’s exports will continue to face challenges as the virus rattles major export...

April 28th, 2020
By Chynna Hawes

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is collecting comments on the proposed Modification of License Exception Additional Permissive Reexports (APR), specifically, the elimination of provisions that authorize reexports of certain national security-controlled items on the Commerce Control List (CCL) to countries of concern, including China. Comments are due to Commerce by June 29. USCBC is soliciting member feedback on the potential impact of these proposed...

April 27th, 2020
By Craig Allen

In February and early March 2020, American companies responded to the Wuhan crisis in a pragmatic, principled, and compassionate manner. Members of USCBC rushed money and personal protective equipment (PPE) to China. Our pharmaceutical companies responded by deploying large binational teams to develop remedies and vaccines. Our logistics companies served as frictionless binational purveyors of life-saving equipment. 

April 22nd, 2020
Melinda Xu

Earlier this month, the Chinese government tightened rules for exports of certain medical products used to combat COVID-19 in response to high-profile complaints about their quality. In light of these new requirements, exporters and importers of these goods can expect that the customs process will be delayed.

April 21st, 2020
By USCBC Staff

On April 20, China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released a 2020-2021 Implementation Plan (“IP Action Plan”), which includes a roadmap of 133 measures to execute the overarching Opinions on Strengthening the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights by the end of 2021. While those opinions were released by the State Council last November, predating the signing of the Phase One agreement, USCBC understands the IP Action Plan to be in direct response to items that...

April 15th, 2020
By Owen Haacke and Jack Kamensky

As China works to reinvigorate the economy following COVID-19 disruptions, China is promoting a more business-friendly approach to environmental enforcement, both continuing previous efforts at streamlining environmental approvals to reduce administrative burdens and also launching new ones. These measures are in line with China’s long-term goal of modernizing and strengthening its environmental governance system.

April 15th, 2020
By Owen Haacke and Melinda Xu

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) are currently soliciting feedback on revisions to the “Encouraged List” for foreign investment. In tandem, news reports indicate regulators are revising the “Negative List,” a collection of industries that foreign companies are not allowed to invest in or that have restrictions. If the Encouraged List is expanded and the Negative List reduced, as USCBC has advocated for, foreign companies could enjoy...

April 15th, 2020
By USCBC Staff

As China flattens its curve of COVID-19 infections, many regions of the country have resumed manufacturing, though at a lower capacity. Several US companies in China have reopened most of their facilities despite looming economic uncertainty due to the global spread of the virus.  Below is a selection of common challenges US companies in China are facing now as described by USCBC members:

April 13th, 2020
By Craig Allen

In the roller coaster ride that is the US-China relationship, the upside got a boost from a recent phone call between President Trump and President Xi. Their conversation resulted in much-needed cooperation on COVID-19, including the emergency delivery of massive air-shipments of supplies and equipment to desperate American cities. 

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