On February 19, 2016, the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) issued an announcement, officially initiating the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation against the truck and bus tires originated in China. Statistics of the United States showed that the involved amount reaches US$1.07 billion. According to the investigation procedures of the United States, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) will make a preliminary decision before March 14 on whether the imported products cause damage to the industries within the United States. If the adjudication is affirmative, the DOC will carry on investigations, and make the preliminary decisions on subsidy and dumping on April 25 and July 7, respectively.
On February 18, 2016, the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the General Administration of Customs (GAC), the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) and the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) issued the Cai Guan Shui  No. 8 Notice, printing and distributing the Interim Measures for the Administration of Duty-free Shops in Inbound Ports. According to the Measures, China implements the franchise of duty-free shops in inbound ports. Unless otherwise specified by the State Council (SC), for the enterprises that originally have the qualifications for operating duty-free goods with the approval of the SC, and have had consecutive performance in duty-free shops in inbound and outbound ports and cities in the latest 3 years, China will lift restrictions on the territory and type of duty-free shop operation, and allow them to equally compete for the franchise of duty-free shops in inbound ports. The duty-free shops in inbound ports shall be absolutely held by enterprises (with a more than 50% of shareholding ratio) with the qualifications for operating duty-free goods. Upon bid solicitation or approval of the operating entities of the duty-free shops in inbound ports which are newly established or whose operating agreements expire, the period of each operating contract signed by and between the tenderee or port owner and the duty-free goods operating enterprise shall be no more than 10 years. The agreement shall not be renewed automatically upon expiration, and the operating entity shall be re-determined according to the provisions of the Measures.