China - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Barriers

Includes the barriers (tariff and non-tariff) that U.S. companies face when exporting to this country.

Last published date: 2021-02-03

To achieve accession to the WTO in 2001, the Chinese government took significant steps to revise its laws and regulations in a manner consistent with WTO obligations and to strengthen its role in the global economy. Nevertheless, despite progress in some areas, significant barriers for U.S. companies still exist. The U.S. government has demanded that the Chinese government address these barriers and vigorously enforced U.S. and international trade laws and obligations.

For more information on specific barriers, please see the U.S. government’s National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers.

A report on China’s compliance with WTO rules since joining that organization is published by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and titled 2019 Report on China’s WTO Compliance.