China has announced the exemption from U.S tariffs of 16 categories of products, for a period of one year, with effect from 17th September 2019.
The categories exempted from the tariffs include seafood products, cancer drugs, alfalfa pellets, fish feed, medical linear accelerators and mould release agents.
Chinese importers can apply for a refund of tariffs already levied on 12 of the products. Four products, including whey, are eligible for the exemption but not for refunds.
The announcement comes ahead of a fresh round of trade talks between the U.S and China in October. The talks aim to ease tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.
The Central People’s Bank of China has also revealed plans to cut the cash lenders must keep in reserve, allowing an estimated $126 billion in additional loans to businesses. This shows the level up to which the trade war is straining the Chinese economy.
In addition, China’s economic growth came in at 6.2 percent in the second quarter, the lowest rate in nearly three decades.
The trade war, which has so far lasted for one year, has made the two countries to impose punitive tariffs on each other’s goods.