Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Additional Possible Tariff Increases Announced by China Today on U.S. Agriculture Products

 Contact: Jack Wilbur (801) 538-7098

Andy Pierucci (801) 538-4913

April 2, 2018


 (Salt Lake City)– The People's Republic of China announced an additional 25 percent tariff increase on a number of different products, including beef and wheat today. The effective start date for the new charges was not announced at this time. In 2017 Utah exported more than $20 million worth of beef products and more than $2 million worth of wheat products to China.


"If these additional tariffs are implemented they will have a significant impact on Utah's beef ranchers and wheat farmers," says Utah Agriculture and Food Commissioner LuAnn Adams. 


Unlike today's tariff increases, those announced Monday by the finance ministry of China, including additional tariffs on pork and fruit, went into effect immediately.


"For the benefit of Utah farmers, ranchers and our rural communities, I hope that a resolution to this trade dispute will be negotiated soon," Adams says.


In the meantime, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food marketing representatives will continue to work to open new markets to a variety of agricultural products.