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U.S. threatens to hike tariffs on UK car exports

“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the United States would consider imposing tariffs on cars made in the United Kingdom if the country moves ahead with a tax on digital services.”

[CNN]

India and U.S. set to finalize trade deal in February
“The deal could touch upon Washington’s demand of doing away with duty on American information and communication technology goods along with market access for its dairy products and duty cuts on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The US is also keen to sell more almonds to India. New Delhi, on the other hand, had sought market access to its fruits including grapes. … India also wants restoration of benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences.”

[Economic Times]

India likely to raise import duties on more than 50 items

“Higher customs duties are likely to hit goods such as mobile phone chargers, industrial chemicals, lamps, wooden furniture, candles, jewellery and handicraft items, two government sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.”

[The Straits Times]

China temporarily bans wildlife trade in wake of outbreak

“No wildlife can be transported or sold in any markets or online, according to text of the announcement in state media. Suspected violators will be sent to security services, and their properties will be closed and sealed.”

[Associated Press]

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