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How Will Trump's Tariff Tussle Affect Oregon?

Oregon exports nearly $4 billion worth of goods to China. What could the trade tiff mean for our state?

By Sarah Hutchins May 22, 2018 Published in the June 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

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The primary thing we want to do, whether it’s China or it’s any other country, is to reduce tariffs on US exports to those markets. So going in the opposite direction, and doing it in a way that’s politically motivated, is not the way to address what are legitimate concerns with China. Getting in a trade war where you’re negatively impacting US farmers is not the most effective way to get at changing their policy, so a lot of farmers and US workers who are making products become collateral damage.”Doug Badger, executive director, Pacific Northwest International Trade Association


China’s proposed retaliatory increase of existing tariffs on hazelnuts, pears, cherries, wine, and other US agricultural exports


Total Oregon goods exported to China in 2017


Total Oregon food and agricultural products exported to China in 2017


Boxes of Pacific Northwest pears exported to China from 2017 harvest


Tons of Oregon hazelnuts exported to China during the 2016–2017 season


Bushels of Oregon wheat exported to China in 2017


Value of Pacific Northwest cherries exported to China (local cherry growers’ largest export market) in 2017


Value of soybeans exported via Oregon to China in 2017


Average cost of a $25.93 bottle of Oregon wine exported to China with current tariffs, taxes, and shipping costs. Individual producers will decide to either pay the extra 15% (an average of $6 a bottle) or pass that along to their Chinese customers, if they can still compete with the increasing number of Chinese wine growers.

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