The U.S. government will block imports of imported nail supplies from China, according to a statement released by the Department of Agriculture on Thursday.
The U.N. International Organization for Standardization’s certification process for nail products is expected to be delayed, the statement said.
U.S.-made nail supplies are also banned under the rules of the World Trade Organization, according the statement.
Department of State and the U. S. Department and Treasury departments will also prohibit imports from the country of origin.
An agency spokeswoman told CNNMoney that the United States would not be able to use the trade sanctions as a substitute for bilateral agreements that are expected to take effect in January.
“It’s really just about getting a message to China,” said the spokeswoman.
“We want to be sure that they’re aware of the potential implications.”
A U.K.-based consumer rights group has accused China of using nail supply as a way to undermine international trade, including the U.,S., France, Germany and others.
China says its nail industry is in fact an important one for international trade and has invested heavily in technology, manufacturing and research, according its website.
The United States has been at loggerheads with China over trade policy in the past.
In May, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that blocked imports of Chinese products, including nail supplies.
Last month, a U.C. Berkeley study said China was the world’s biggest importer of luxury products, and the United Kingdom and Germany were second and third, respectively.