The on-going trade dispute between the US and China may lead to an increase in tariffs on US hardwood imports into China (which currently accounts of over 50% of all US hardwood exports) from the current 10% to 25% from March onwards. The trade dispute combined with signs of slowing economic growth in China, has contributed to a sharp decline in the value of the Chinese renminbi against the US dollar. This coupled with a desire by traders to ensure shipments do not arrive in China either over the New Year holiday period or after ...
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