White House: "Trump suspends duty-free trade with Thailand, terminates suspension with Ukraine"

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26 October 2019

US President Donald Trump reinstated duty-free trade between the US and Ukraine for a number of items, while simultaneously suspending duty-free relations with Thailand, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"I have determined that Ukraine has made progress in providing adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights. Accordingly, it is appropriate to terminate the suspension of the duty-free treatment," Trump said in a proclamation on Friday.

The proclamation will become effective 1 November. It is undisclosed what goods the proclamation covers.

White House Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer withdrew a proposal to restore trade privileges to Ukraine in August, after he was told that Trump would probably oppose the idea, the Washington Post said earlier on Friday.

Then-National Security Adviser John Bolton allegedly informed Lighthizer that Trump would most likely oppose any action that benefited Ukraine's newly elected government headed by President Volodymyr Zelensky, the Washington Post said.

In a separate letter written Friday to US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the president of the Senate, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump said he had suspended duty-free trade for certain Thai products, saying the country had not taken steps to "afford workers in Thailand internationally-recognized worker rights."

New taxes on trade with Thailand will reportedly be imposed in six months.

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