Though America’s trade relationship with China is still being reviewed by the Biden Administration, companies, including publishers, who have been paying higher tariffs on imports from that country received some good news last week in a decision issued by the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Last September, a lawsuit by HMTX, a global manufacturer, was filed with the court, charging that the U.S. Trade Representative did not have the authority to engage in a trade war with China by “whatever means it chooses.” The lawsuit argued that the USTR investigation into China’s unfair trade practices, which is centered around forced technology transfers by American companies to Chinese counterparts, does not give the government the authority to impose higher tariffs on products that were not part of the investigation. The suit was filed after the Trump Administration levied higher tariffs on a range of products manufactured in China, including most books.

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