The US is running out of Chinese exports to tax

The United States could soon run out of Chinese goods to tax if a trade war continues to escalate.

On Tuesday, it released a 195-page list of Chinese exports worth $200 billion facing a 10% tariff. The move came after China retaliated Friday against US tariffs on $34 billion worth of goods by taxing American exports to the same value. US tariffs on a further $16 billion of Chinese exports are coming soon, taking the total under threat to $250 billion. President Donald Trump has threatened to go much further — possibly targeting as much as $550 billion. But that number exceeds the total value of Chinese goods imported by the United States last year ($506 billion) and there are signs that US officials are already beginning to struggle to compile new lists of targets.

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Tuesday’s list includes live trout, which hasn’t been imported from China for decades, as Bloomberg first noted, as well as obscure items such as badger hair. It also includes more recognizable exports, such as soy sauce and rice. They’re among thousands of things that could soon get more expensive to import from China Here are more of the Chinese goods in the firing line this time.

Food

Fruit

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A worker sorting canned peaches for export at a factory in Xiayi in China’s central Henan province.

— Apples
— Bananas
— Coconuts
— Pineapples
— Oranges
— Pears
— Peaches

Grains, nuts and beans

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— Oats
— Corn (Maize)
— Rice (semi-milled or wholly milled)
— Brown and Basmati rice
— Corn and potato starch
— Peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and chestnuts
— Pistachios
— Soybeans

Seafood

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Workers sort dried seafood for export at a factory in Lianyungang in China’s eastern Jiangsu province on July 5.

— Trout, salmon, yellowfin tuna, cod and seabass (excluding fillets or other meat portions)
— Anchovies
— Lobsters, crabs and squid
— Shark fins
— Shrimp and prawns
— Caviar
— Frozen salmon fillets
— Dried fish

Meat

— Frozen pork
— Frog legs
— Pork, other than hams, shoulders, bellies (streaky) and cuts thereof, salted, in brine, dried or smoked