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China May Lower Tariffs On Imported Luxury Goods

Move Comes At Time When Government Looking To Boost Domestic Spending

Jiang Zengwei's move is aimed at boosting domestic consumption of (and sales tax revenues from) luxury goods

Jiang Zengwei's move is aimed at boosting domestic consumption of (and sales tax revenues from) luxury goods

China’s high luxury import tax, which has over the years sent many potential luxury goods buyers across the border to nearby Hong Kong, or to foreign countries, may soon be lowered, in a move aimed at boosting domestic consumption. According to this China Daily brief, Jiang Zengwei, vice Minister of Commerce, said in an article published in People’s Daily that the move is also aimed at increasing overall sales revenue of luxury goods in the Chinese market.

Bloomberg’s Wing-Gar Cheng notes that Jiang’s plan extends to commodity goods as well, as “China‚Äôs government also wants to encourage spending on big- ticket items including vehicles and home appliances, and will be expanding trade-in subsidies to encourage consumers to replace old products with new ones.” Cheng goes on to quote Jiang’s thoughts on the potential broader payoff of a reduction in import tariffs:

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