New round of tariffs on fruit, vegetables from China

New round of tariffs on fruit, vegetables from China

The U.S. slapped 25% tariffs on a number of fruit and vegetable imports from China, from cauliflower to garlic and certain berries.

The latest round of tariffs on Chinese goods, enacted at 12:01 a.m. Friday (China time), are the Trump administration’s response in a last-ditch effort to broker a trade deal with China.

Ken Christopher, executive vice president of Christopher Ranch LLC, Gilroy, Calif., welcomed the hike on Chinese garlic imports.

“Big news for Christopher Ranch and the domestic garlic industry,” he said in an e-mail. “This higher tariff is going to go a long way in rectifying decades of illegal Chinese garlic dumping on U.S. shores.”

He said other U.S. producers see the new tariffs as beneficial as well.

“Too often all I see in the press is a one-sided take on the U.S.-China trade war, usually along the lines of tariffs hurt farmers,” he said in the e-mail. “The reality is much complicated because there are multiple domestic industries that will benefit from this, including garlic, crawfish and honey, to name a few.”

According to The Guardian newspaper, the list of Chinese goods that are seeing a new 25% tariff includes:

  • Cauliflower;
  • Carrots;
  • Leeks;
  • Turnips;
  • Mushrooms;
  • Garlic;
  • Onions;
  • Nuts (almonds, cashews, chestnuts);
  • Peaches;
  • Strawberries;
  • Raspberries; and
  • Cranberries.

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