Update 7:45 a.m. ET May 14, 2019: Here is a link to the second list of Chinese goods that President Donald Trump ordered the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to compile for possible implementation of additional tariffs.
Update 7:30 a.m. ET May 14, 2019: Late Monday, Trump promised a $15 billion relief package that would shield American farmers from the effects of an escalating trade war after China announced it would impose retaliatory tariffs against U.S. goods and services, particularly targeting agriculture products.
The move by China came after the U.S. announced a plan to slap tariffs on more than 5,000 Chinese imports.
According to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Trump asked for the aid package to be readied for U.S. farmers should China go ahead with a planned tariff on American agriculture goods set to take effect on June 1.
Update 7:15 a.m. ET May 14, 2019: The chief editor of Global Times, a newspaper owned by the Chinese Communist Party, said in a tweet Monday that along with implementing tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. imports, China is considering halting purchases of energy and agriculture products and reducing orders for Boeing aircraft.
China may stop purchasing US agricultural products and energy, reduce Boeing orders and restrict US service trade with China. Many Chinese scholars are discussing the possibility of dumping US Treasuries and how to do it specifically.— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) May 13, 2019
Original story: President Donald Trump on Friday increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, sparking a trade war, and seeing China, in turn, hit back Monday with tariffs on $60 billion worth of American goods.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped sharply within seconds after opening Monday on the news that China had retaliated after Trump announced Friday that more than 5,700 goods made in China and sold in the United States will be affected by the increased tariffs.
According to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the increase Trump ordered Friday may not be the last shot fired in the tariff war.
On Friday, Lighthizer said, “Earlier today, at the direction of the president, the United States increased the level of tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. The president also ordered us to begin the process of raising tariffs on essentially all remaining imports from China, which are valued at approximately $300 billion.”
While tariffs are placed on goods coming from China, Trump argued Monday in a series of tweets that it will not be American consumers, but Chinese businesses that will bear the brunt of the increase in tariffs from 10 percent last fall to 25 percent Friday.
"Their is no reason for the U.S. Consumer to pay the Tariffs, which take effect on China today,” Trump wrote in one of his posts on Twitter.
There is no reason for the U.S. Consumer to pay the Tariffs, which take effect on China today. This has been proven recently when only 4 points were paid by the U.S., 21 points by China because China subsidizes product to such a large degree. Also, the Tariffs can be.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
Trump went on to urge people to buy American-made products.
...completely avoided if you buy from a non-Tariffed Country, or you buy the product inside the USA (the best idea). That’s Zero Tariffs. Many Tariffed companies will be leaving China for Vietnam and other such countries in Asia. That’s why China wants to make a deal so badly!...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019
On Sunday, Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that both the U.S. and China would be hurt by a trade war.
"In fact, both sides will pay in these things, and of course it depends," Kudlow said.
So which goods can consumers expect to see an increase in price? Here is a partial list of those Chinese items subjected to the increase tariff.
Note: The list was released by Lighthizer’s office in September when Trump ordered a 10 percent tariff on goods such as industrial equipment. This round includes more consumer products such as food, home electronic equipment and other consumer items like shaving cream, rubber gloves, furniture and baseball gloves.
Here are some of the items in some of the items on the U.S. Trade Representative’s list (see the full list at bottom):
Beverages: Beer, wine, fruit juices and mineral water.
Bread and pasta: Various uncooked pasta, various bread, pastries, cakes and biscuits.
Cereals: Various types of wheat; oats, barley, rice, corn and more.
Fish and seafood: Live fish, including ornamental fish, trout, eels, tuna and carp, and frozen fish and shellfish.
Dairy and eggs: Butter, whey products and eggs.
Electronics: Televisions, DVRs and cameras.
Fruit and nuts: Almonds, cashews, chestnuts, clementines, coconuts, cashews, apples, pineapples, dates, guavas, figs, mandarin oranges, peaches, berries, hazelnuts, oranges, pecans, macadamia nuts, pears and quinces.
Meat products: Pork, beef intestines, rabbit meat and frog legs.
Vegetables: Beans, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, garlic, lentils, okra, onions, peas, peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, radishes, spinach, squash, sweet corn, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and turnips.
Personal products: Shampoo, shaving cream and tanning oil.
Sugars and candies: Cane sugar and certain candies that do not contain cocoa.
Here is the full list of items with tariff’s attached:
US-China Tariff List 09.17.18 by on Scribd
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