Economy

Trump’s Tariffs on Imports From China Are Here

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Trump regime has finally published a list of Chinese goods and products they intended to impose tariffs on beginning on July 6th.

But we can't call this a "final" list of goods that will face tariffs because Trump is already preparing to escalate once China responds.

“The United States will pursue additional tariffs if China engages in retaliatory measures, such as imposing new tariffs on United States goods, services, or agricultural products; raising non-tariff barriers or taking punitive actions against American exporters or American companies operating in China,” Trump said in a statement.

Earlier on Friday, China vowed to do just that, saying it would strike back, just hours before Trump’s statement.

Trump and his cabinet are going to say that they're targeting Chinese technology that was derived from intellectual property and plans stolen from the United States, but let's be very clear: this has nothing to do with that.

Intellectual property theft may be a legitimate problem, but Trump's tariffs do not target advanced technology or consumer products like cell phones and other telecommunications equipment.

Read the extremely long list of tariffs for yourself right here and you'll notice that it's almost entirely basic industrial machinery and farming equipment.

It's the latter I want to focus on because Trump is about to fuck American farmers sideways.

Here's a few items on Trump's list of tariffs:

-Plows for soil preparation or cultivation
-Disc harrows for soil preparation or cultivation
-Haymaking machinery
-Combine harvester-threshers
-Root or tuber harvesting machines
-Dairy machinery other than milking machines
-Parts for milking machines and dairy machiner
-Machinery for preparing animal feeds
-Poultry incubators and brooders
-Poultry-keeping machinery
-Machines for cleaning, sorting or grading seed, grain or dried leguminous vegetables
-Machinery for the preparation of meat or poultry
-Machinery for the industrial preparation or manufacture of food or drink

Those items among many others are about to become at least 25 percent more expensive for American farmers to buy and, on top of that, we already know China's retaliatory measures will directly target American agriculture.

I was going to say Trump will fuck farmers "twice," but I suppose they've already been fucked several times by Trump's global trade war with Mexico, Canada, and the European Union.

  • Badgerite

    The actual fact is, if they really want to hurt trump where it counts they would target things like Sheldon Adelson’s casinos in Macao and Wall Street supporters like the Mercers or some of Rupert Murdoch’s family holdings. The rural areas didn’t go with trump out of some kind of ‘economic anxiety’ or ‘jobs’ anymore than Roseanne’s racist tirades on twitter have to do with Ambien.

  • muselet

    Starting a trade war with China may not be the dumbest thing Donald Trump has done, but it’s in the top five.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Cue the NY Times front page headline:

    Trump Supporters Fully Understands This Hurts Them. Still Support Trump.

    The article will feature copious amounts of white, down home, salt of the earth, backbone of America, Real American™ rural types telling us of Trump’s mission to “shake things up.” Nicholas D Kristoff style cultural anthropology ensues.

    Fucking Gag me!

    • muselet

      –alopecia

      • Aynwrong

        🙂

  • Badgerite

    Unbelievable. But utterly predictable. trump cares only about trump. He sees the people who voted for him as suckers.
    He has a long history of screwing over working people at every opportunity. Now he can do it on a grand scale. Thanks to the gop.