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Companies shifting sourcing to avoid China tariffs

“Gaming the so-called rules of origin is a legal tariff-avoidance strategy being adopted by other major U.S. bike builders and explored across the industry, along with other manufacturing sectors, according to bike executives and supply chain consultants.”

[Reuters]

Japan, U.S. likely to launch trade talks in April or May

“Based on an agreement reached last September, the Japan-U.S. talks are expected to be held in Washington before May 26 when U.S. President Donald Trump plans to visit Japan, according to the sources. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japan’s economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi were initially expected to meet in March. But Lighthizer’s schedule is apparently tight as he is also in charge of the U.S.-China negotiations.”

[Kyodo]

UK to implement GSP plus-like trade arrangements after exiting EU

“‘Now, if something goes wrong, and we leave the European Union without a deal, we’ve already said that we will replicate the GSP+ in exactly the same way, the same rules, the same conditions. We might call it something slightly different, I think it’s going to be called something like an economic agreement. But it’s going to be exactly the same from day 1 when we leave the European Union,’ Mr. Graham said.”

[Business World]

India to stay out of WTO e-commerce talks over digital tax concerns

[The Hans India]

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