US-China trade war: American importers fret as progress stalls on lifting Trump-era tariffs

According to the US-China Business Council, the main reason US lawmakers do not oppose tariffs is because of an anti-China mood prevailing in Washington, in which the benefits of confrontation outweigh costs to constituents. The council said exemptions should be broadened if the Biden administration does not want to lift punitive tariffs on Chinese imports. “Many businesses are frustrated with the [HTS exclusion] application process, as the majority is denied without explanation,” said Douglas Barry, a spokesman for the council. “As security issues are driving priorities in both countries, trade is no longer front and center.”