Server power cords and plugs suppliers to shift production out of China

TAIPEI — U.S. technology companies, concerned that server power cords and plugs could be used by China to access sensitive data, have asked Taiwanese suppliers to shift production of these components out of the mainland.

Lite-On Technology, whose customers include Dell EMC, HP and IBM, is building a new factory in Taiwan to manufacture power components for servers at the request of American clients that cited cyberespionage risks from Beijing, according to one executive.

Quanta Computer, which supplies servers and data centers to U.S. tech companies including Google and Facebook, has shifted production to Taiwan and elsewhere, citing security as one of the reasons, an executive told the Nikkei Asian Review.


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RE: The tariff classification of a power cord from China 8544.51.900

This item is not on any of the three lists of special tariffs for $250 billion of products imported to the U.S. from China.

U.S.-Japan trade talks delayed by push for China deal

Agricultural products, including dairy, are expected to be one of the main topics in a Japan-U.S. bilateral trade agreement.

TOKYO — Japan and the U.S. are struggling to lay out a timeline for negotiations toward a bilateral trade agreement as Washington focuses its energies on securing a deal with Beijing. The first meeting will likely not come until at least early May Read more

USTR to suspend tariff increase on $200 billion of Chinese imports “until further notice”

The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Wednesday, Feb 27,  it would move to formally suspend a scheduled tariff increase on Chinese goods “until further notice” following President Donald Trump’s decision to delay his Friday deadline for a U.S.-China trade deal amid progress in their talks. Read more

USTR’s 3 Lists of U.S. imports from China subject to special tariffs

list of products imported from China to U.S. that are subject to high tariffs.
Below are the three lists, according to the order they were announced

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Mar 1 deadline for tariff increase on U.S. imports from China (stage 3) extended

President Trump said Sunday, Feb 24,  that he will delay a scheduled increase in the tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports to allow negotiators more time to reach a comprehensive trade deal with Beijing, the most significant sign yet that Trump is eager to resolve a trade spat with China that has rattled markets and companies around the globe. Read more

Country of Origin in the New Tariff Environment (Feb 2019)

AAFA (the American Apparel and Footwear Association presented an “open-industry webinar,” sponsored by KPMG,  available to all professionals in the apparel and footwear industry. These webinars feature insight and knowledge sharing by AAFA member companies who provide business solutions for your supply chain, trade policy, and brand protection needs. The on-demand webinar, “Determining Country of Origin,” explained CBP’s Country of Origin rules to ensure that companies make the right moves in response to the U.S.-China “Section 301 tariffs impact, and in the most cost-efficient way possible.

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USTR at time of China’s WTO accession confirms that China has not met WTO commitments

which led to current U.S.-China trade dispute. Read more

Huawei-Skycom sales to Iran

In hearings Friday, prosecutors indicated systematic violations of U.S. sanctions by Huawei in its transactions with Iran, which reportedly were on a scale of more than $100 million. In addition, the Huawei executive was charged with bank fraud. Read more

Justice Dept. combats economic espionage by China

Washington, DC. Nov 1, 2018. The Justice Department unveiled a broad new initiative to combat what it says is mounting criminal economic activity by China, announcing the plan as U.S. officials unsealed charges against several individuals and Chinese and Taiwanese companies for trade-secret theft.

The Justice department announced charges against economic espionage on behalf of the Chinese government in the fields of semiconductors (theft from Micron Technology), commercial jet aircraft engines (GE Aviation), Read more

US strikes at heart of ‘Made in China’ with Huawei arrest

BEIJING/WASHINGTON — Dec 7, 2018. The arrest in Canada of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies, on the very day that the presidents of the U.S. and China dined together augurs rough seas ahead for the Sino-American trade talks.

The arrest disrupts the conciliatory mood thought to have been created last week at the dinner between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. High-tech has immediately been thrust to the forefront of the 90-day trade negotiations. Read more