Fresh fruit among potential targets of Chinese retaliation to US trade tariffs

Wed 28/03/2018 by Richard Wilkinson
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The world’s second largest economy, China, has announced it will retaliate to the imposition of tariffs on Chinese goods imposed by the US if an agreement cannot be reached with Washington, On Friday morning, China’s commerce ministry published a list of 128 US products as potential targets. With an import value of $3 billion in 2017, the goods on the list include fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts, which, according to the ministry, could face a 15% duty. Although details are still lacking, US soybeans are expected to be the biggest area of retaliation by the Chinese. Total US exports to China are expected to hit $172 billion this year. Below is a list of the potential targeted goods.

Bilateral trade between China and United States of America 
Product: 08 Edible fruit and nuts; peel of citrus fruit or melons
Product code Product label China’s imports from United States of America
Quantity in 2015 Quantity in 2016
‘0801 Coconuts, Brazil nuts and cashew nuts, fresh or dried, whether or not shelled or peeled 4 12
‘0802 Other nuts, fresh or dried, whether or not shelled or peeled (excluding coconuts, Brazil nuts … 33973 39127
‘0803 Bananas, incl. plantains, fresh or dried    
‘0804 Dates, figs, pineapples, avocados, guavas, mangoes and mangosteens, fresh or dried 12 5
‘0805 Citrus fruit, fresh or dried 39064 70739
‘0806 Grapes, fresh or dried 31703 29715
‘0807 Melons, incl. watermelons, and papaws (papayas), fresh   1
‘0808 Apples, pears and quinces, fresh 41979 29519
‘0809 Apricots, cherries, peaches incl. nectarines, plums and sloes, fresh 20089 25691
‘0810 Fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, back, white or red currants, gooseberries and …   0
‘0811 Fruit and nuts, uncooked or cooked by steaming or boiling in water, frozen, whether or not … 1256 1302
‘0812 Fruit and nuts, provisionally preserved, e.g. by sulphur dioxide gas, in brine, in sulphur … 20 22
‘0813 Dried apricots, prunes, apples, peaches, pears, papaws “papayas”, tamarinds and other edible … 1530 1412
‘0814 Peel of citrus fruit or melons, incl. watermelons, fresh, frozen, dried or provisionally preserved … 10 1

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