China: Reduction of import tariffs on certain electronics
On 27 January 2011, the Chinese government announced a reduction of the import tariffs on certain electronic articles.
According to the announcement, the import tariffs on computers as well as digital video cameras and recorders will be reduced to 10 percent. Prior to the change, these products were subject to an import tariff of 20 percent.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date of inception: 27 Jan 2011
GTA Evaluation: Green
Ministry of Commerce. (2011). China halves import tariffs on electronics. Available at http://ccne.mofcom.gov.cn/bulletin/index.php?flag=5775