By and  on April 1, 2009

WASHINGTON — Despite some improvements, significant tariff and nontariff barriers continue to hamper U.S. trade with China and other countries, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in its annual trade barriers report to Congress.

The report was submitted Tuesday, ahead of Thursday’s G-20 summit in London when world leaders will meet to discuss protectionism. Key trade barriers outlined in the report include ineffective intellectual property protections and enforcement, discriminatory taxes on imports, trade distorting export subsidies, new registration requirements for a range of imports and burdensome testing and certification requirements for consumer goods.

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