How much trade is dodging Trump’s China tariffs?

Tim Fernholz
How much trade is dodging Trump’s China tariffs?

Over the last two years, president Donald Trump has raised taxes on US imports from China by more than 500%. Nearly $400 million in goods fitting this rubric came to the US from Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand alone in the first quarter of 2020. Gary Clyde Huffbauer, a longtime trade scholar, offers a rough estimate, based on the experience of trade dodging economic sanctions, that 5% to 10% of pre-tariff US imports from China might be mislabeled to avoid the new duties.

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