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China exempts certain products from tariffs

China says that a range of US-produced goods will be exempted from the tariffs implemented last year as the country's government seeks to ease the impact of the current trade dispute with the US. But it will not lift the tariffs on soybeans and pork.

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China announced a range of US goods to be exempted from 25-percent extra tariffs put in place last year, as the government seeks to ease the impact from the trade war without lifting charges on major agricultural items like soybeans and pork.

Pharmaceuticals and lubricant oil are among exclusions to levies on imports announced by the Ministry of Finance on its website on Wednesday. The exemptions will cover 16 categories of products, ranging from fish food to pesticides, and will be effective from Sept. 17 to Sept. 16, 2020.

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