Trump suspends duty-free treatment of Ukrainian goods

Ukraine reportedly does not adequately protect intellectual property rights.

Trump suspends duty-free treatment of Ukrainian goods
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US President Donald Trump has decided to suspend duty-free treatment of some goods made in Ukraine. He said this in a letter to the speaker of the House of Representatives and the president of the Senate posted on the White House website.

"After considering the criteria […] on the extent to which a designated beneficiary developing country is providing adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights, I have determined that it is appropriate to suspend the duty-free treatment accorded under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSE) programme to certain eligible articles that are the product of Ukraine," the letter reads.

Around 3,500 articles that are products of Ukraine were eligible under the GSE, according to DW. In 2014, Ukraine was the 79th biggest exporter to the USA, with bilateral trade hardly reaching 2.2bn dollars.