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Kohl's joins retailers in opposing Trump tariffs

June 23 2018, 04:47 | Irvin Gilbert

Taiwan to seek exemption from US steel tariffs

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United States President Donald Trump is preparing to impose a package of Dollars 60 billion in annual tariffs against China, following through on a long-time threat, which according to him will punish China for intellectual property infringement and help create more American jobs.

The letter, sent by RILA and signed by a wide array of popular and well-known, leading United States retailers clearly shows the lack of support from the group of Trump's proposed tariffs on China imports into the country.

More than 40 trade groups are petitioning the Trump administration to back away from tariffs on Chinese imports, saying the plan would "would trigger a chain reaction of negative consequences for the USA economy".

The letter read "we urge the administration not to impose tariffs and to work with the business community to find an effective, but measured, solution to China's protectionist trade policies and practices that protects American jobs and competitiveness". Imports from Canada and Mexico provisionally were excluded from the tariffs. The administration is said to be considering wide-ranging tariffs on everything from consumer electronics to shoes and clothing made in China, according to people familiar with the matter.

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The Trump administration is said to be preparing tariffs against Chinese IT, telecoms and consumer products in an attempt to force changes in Beijing's intellectual property and investment practices.

China runs a US$375 billion trade surplus with the United States and when President Xi Jinping's top economic adviser visited Washington recently, the administration pressed him to come up with a way of reducing that number.

"Save manufacturing jobs and say no to steel tariffs", the ad says.

But any U.S. individual or organization may object to the exemption setting up a battle between domestic steel and aluminum producers that could benefit from the protective tariffs and companies that rely on imports.

An early draft of the G20 communique seen by Reuters contained that phrase and added: "We note the importance of bilateral, regional and plurilateral agreements being open, transparent, inclusive and WTO-consistent, and commit to working to ensure they complement the multilateral trade agreements".

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