U.S. criticizes WTO for big disparities in tariffs

Jun 17, 2020
The Trump administration is denouncing the fact that the tax levels vary greatly between members of the global trade body.
An East China Sea container ship in the Port of Oakland in 2018. China's economy has grown 900% since 2001, causing a tariff imbalance.
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Buy America order could worsen medical supply shortages, economists say

May 12, 2020
More than 200 economists have signed a letter to President Trump and congressional leaders. They say a Buy America order the Trump administration is contemplating for medical supplies would push up prices and exacerbate shortages.
The Port of Los Angeles. The Buy America initiative may raise the price of medical supplies imported from China.
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As the coronavirus epidemic grows, China prepares to cut tariffs

Feb 6, 2020
The virus' economic toll may interfere with China's ability to make promised purchases.
A woman wears a protective mask as she waits on an empty subway platform during the evening rush hour on Feb. 3 in Beijing.
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Companies are worried tariff exclusions are getting harder to come by

Feb 3, 2020
The Wall Street Journal found just 3% of exemption decisions on a recent tariff list were approvals.
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Trump may give an unintended boost to English whisky

Jan 29, 2020
The president's threat to impose tariffs on Scotch and Irish whiskies could benefit the little known English variety.
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Pedaling around the trade war

Jan 27, 2020
Securing tariff exemption changed day-to-day business at State Bicycle Co.
Mehdi Farsi, co-founder of State Bicycle Co. in Tempe, Arizona.
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Ahead of a U.S.-China trade deal, uncertainty still dominates the steel business

Jan 14, 2020
We look back at the chaos tariffs have inflicted on RM Metals in New Jersey.
Steel coils produced at the NLMK Indiana mill are prepared for shipping in Portage, Indiana, in 2018.
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More of your trade war questions, answered

Jan 14, 2020
The U.S. and China are set to complete phase one of a trade agreement. Here are some of your questions, answered.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House in October.
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There's a deal on the horizon, but has the trade war helped the economy?

Dec 31, 2019
The negative effects of tariffs outweigh any protection the manufacturing industry gets, a Federal Reserve report says.
President Donald Trump speaks to autoworkers at the American Center for Mobility in 2017 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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Seaweed sellers worry about tariffs, too

Dec 26, 2019
Fiona Houston co-founded Mara Seaweed five years ago. The company is expanding, but tariffs and geopolitics have been concerning.
Fiona Houston, co-founder of Mara Seaweed, harvesting off the Scottish coast.
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