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...

May 28th, 2014
Stephanie Henry

The United States announced on Friday it had won a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute against China over its imposition of duties on US auto exports. In bringing the case, the United States charged that China relied on limited and poorly-examined evidence, and did not adequately show that Chinese industry was harmed by US imports.

The case centered on China’s application of duties on US autos with engine capacities at or over 2.5 liters. China alleged that manufacturers of those...

April 3rd, 2014
Stephanie Henry

Members of the House Ways and Means Committee today asked US Trade Representative Michael Froman about the potential impact of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) on US-China trade negotiations, and raised concerns over China’s agricultural restrictions, currency, and participation in international trade negotiations during a hearing on the Obama Administration’s 2014 Trade Agenda.   

On the Shanghai FTZ, Froman noted USTR is monitoring the openings there closely, and remarked that the...

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