China excludes essential food products from tariff increases

May 15, 2019 – While China announced on May 13 that it would increase tariffs ranging from 5 to 25 percent on 5,140 US products, worth about $60 billion, as retaliation for a recent US tariff hike, there were some noticeable exceptions, according to a news report today by Nicole Hao in the Epoch Times.


Major US agricultural products such as fresh pork, soybeans, wheat, and sorghum that make up the bulk of US exports to China aren’t included on this new list. Many of the products with added duties are electronic products. Microwaves, printers, and telecommunication equipment are among those with the highest tariff rates.

With China’s domestic food supply encountering shortfalls, the Chinese regime is likely to continue importing US food products despite the self-imposed tariffs.

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