Businessmen accuse federal authorities of illegally increasing duties on Chinese goods.
The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has been sued by about 3,500 U.S. companies, including Tesla, Ford Motor, Target, Walgreen, and Home Depot. They believe that the federal authorities have illegally raised duties on Chinese goods, reports Saturday, September 26, Voice of America.
The defendants are U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightheiser and U.S. Border Protection and Customs Enforcement.
According to the lawsuit, the U.S. administration violated the previously established tariff rules and initiated a number of procedures.
The Trump administration, in turn, claims that the increase in duties is justified, as China continues to steal U.S. intellectual property and obliges U.S. companies to provide access to their technology in exchange for the right to work in the Chinese market.
In September, the World Trade Organization concluded that the U.S. violated global trade rules by raising duties on Chinese goods as part of the trade war with China.
Recall that at the beginning of the week the U.S. lost to China trade dispute in the WTO on the increase in duties on imports of Chinese goods to the U.S. in 2018 and 2019.
As reported, U.S. President Donald Trump has decided to postpone negotiations with China, because Beijing, according to the head of the White House, is to blame for the coronavirus pandemic that began in Wuhan.