On April 3, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a list of products imported from China on which it recommended imposing 25 percent tariffs, in addition to any other existing tariffs on those goods. USTR issued this list in the context of an investigation conducted under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, which authorizes the president to unilaterally take any appropriate action to  remove any practices of countries that violate an international trade agreement or that engage in acts, policies, or practices that are “unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict” U.S. commerce.

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