Washington Update

December 16th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

December 16, 2015
 
The United States, China, and more than 50 other countries concluded negotiations on Wednesday over a final deal on an expanded Information Technology Agreement (ITA), according to a release from the US Trade Representative. The agreement will eliminate tariffs on 201 internationally-made IT products.  
 
Negotiations to expand the agreement were launched in mid-2012. Since that time, formal negotiations continued in starts-and-stops over the course of...

December 8th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

December 8, 2015

The United States today announced that it is challenging China’s support for its domestic aircraft manufacturers at the World Trade Organization (WTO). US Trade Representative Michael Froman said today the United States would seek consultations with China under the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism on China’s imposition of value-added taxes (VAT) on certain foreign aircraft. Consultations are the first step toward launching a formal dispute against another WTO member...

July 20th, 2015
Stephanie Henry

July 20, 2015

A key issue holding up progress on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Information Technology Agreement (ITA) was resolved over the weekend, creating a path towards conclusion of the ITA negotiations, according to media reports. Negotiators from ITA member countries met in Geneva last week to seek resolution on a disagreement between South Korea and China regarding tariffs on liquid-crystal display (LCDs)—an issue that had held up ITA negotiations since December 2014. A...