The Wall Street Journal: Fish Caught in America, Processed in China Get Trapped by Trade Dispute

The next round of U.S. tariffs aimed at Chinese imports could wind up hurting a major trade product that initially comes from America: fish.

A 10% duty proposed by the Trump administration last month on $200 billion worth of imports from China included dozens of varieties of fish, from tilapia to tuna. The proposed tariffs, which could increase to 25%, are set to be decided in September by trade representatives.

An estimated $900 million in fish and seafood on that list is first caught in the U.S., sent to China for processing into items like fish sticks and fillets, and then imported by U.S. companies to sell to American consumers.

 

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