U.S. Takes Trade Fight to Smaller Nations

U.S. Takes Trade Fight to Smaller Nations

The White House push to confront rivals over trade has spread beyond the world’s biggest economies such as China and Europe to include poorer countries that also see the U.S. as a critical market for their goods. Since President Trump took office 18 months ago, the U.S. Trade Representative has launched wide-ranging reviews of the eligibility of less-developed countries for a federal government program that lowers tariffs for thousands of the products they export to the U.S. Most recently the Trump administration targeted Turkey for revocation of tariff-free exports to the U.S., part of a growing dispute between the two nations. Thailand, Indonesia and India have also been put on notice that they could lose some duty-free privileges. The number of countries on that list is likely to increase in the months ahead as the U.S. expands plans for reviews of trade with less developed economies beyond Asia, which is its focus now.

 

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