The tariff cuts will take effect on July 1, five days before President Donald Trump will impose 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion worth of imports from China, according to the South China Morning Post.
The other countries to enjoy the tariff cuts are South Korea, India, Laos and Sri Lanka.
China’s cabinet decided to remove tariffs on soybeans from the five countries, which were previously 3 percent, the Post said, citing the list published by the finance ministry and customs on Tuesday.
Soybean meal, which had been subject to 5 percent tariffs, will also be exempted.
Tariff cuts also apply to chemicals, agricultural products, medical supplies, clothing, steel, non-ferrous metals and liquefied petroleum gas – duties on LPG, for example, will be cut from 3 to 2.1 percent.
The cuts are part of China’s commitments under the Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement signed by the members of a small regional trade bloc that China joined in 2001. The six members agreed to the reduced tariffs in 2016 after a decade of negotiations.