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The Cost of the Trade War


Tariffs are taxes that Americans pay. These taxes are being paid by American farmers, retailers, manufacturers, businesses and consumers.

Based on monthly tariffs on imports Americans have paid thus far, every second the trade war drags on costs Americans $1,155. While that number alone is far too high, it doesn't include the cost of retaliatory tariffs that are causing exports to plummet, or the price of programs that are paying our farmers for the losses they have incurred, or the tariffs’ ripple effects on the broader U.S. economy. It also doesn’t include the cost of uncertainty the trade war has created that is preventing American businesses from being able to plan for the future, invest and grow.

Tariffs Hurt Communities


As the trade war persists, the repercussions will be felt by farmers, factory workers and everyday consumers nationwide.

AGRICULTURE

Retaliatory tariffs our trading partners have charged due to the trade war are hurting American exports, including our agricultural products. The most recent statistics show that American exports of products targeted for retaliation are down 37%.

MANUFACTURING

Tariffs raise the price of critical inputs and hurt American companies’ bottom line. Meanwhile, decreasing incomes reduce demand for manufactured goods.

$380 MILLION

Pistachio growers alone have suffered $380 million in losses due to tariffs.

270,000 TONS

In 2017 China bought 270,000 metric tons of wheat from Washington state. A year later it dropped to zero.

$545 MILLION

Duties on steel and aluminum alone cost U.S. companies $545 million in September 2018.

JOBS AT RISK

Half of all U.S. manufacturing jobs depend on exports—leaving thousands of Americans without employment.

AGRICULTURE

Retaliatory tariffs our trading partners have charged due to the trade war are hurting American exports, including our agricultural products. The most recent statistics show that American exports of products targeted for retaliation are down 37%.

$380 MILLION

Pistachio growers alone have suffered $380 million in losses due to tariffs.

270,000 TONS

In 2017 China bought 270,000 metric tons of wheat from Washington state. A year later it dropped to zero.

MANUFACTURING

Tariffs raise the price of critical inputs and hurt American companies’ bottom line. Meanwhile, decreasing incomes reduce demand for manufactured goods.

$545 MILLION

Duties on steel and aluminum alone cost U.S. companies $545 million in September 2018.

JOBS AT RISK

Half of all U.S. manufacturing jobs depend on exports—leaving thousands of Americans without employment.

CONSUMERS

Pressure across economic sectors reduces employment, tightening household budgets for many families. Tariffs simultaneously increase prices for everyday staples and other goods.

TECHNOLOGY

Almost every modern industry relies on technology. Tariffs on key components mean higher technology prices, making it harder for businesses to compete in the digital economy. When tech companies have fewer dollars to produce and invest, quality of service will also decline.

10% INCREASE ON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Costs that cannot be absorbed by companies will be passed on to consumers. Many household items like shampoo already face 10% tariffs.

$1.2 BILLION INCREASE

Tariffs on travel goods will make vacations more expensive. Essentials, such as luggage and handbags, will cost consumers an estimated $1.2 billion a year.

COST INCREASES

Consumers will see increased cost of internet access and cell service as technology sector is unable to invest in infrastructure.

JOBS MOVE ABROAD

Instead of assembling tech in U.S. facilities, homegrown companies will move production overseas.

CONSUMERS

Pressure across economic sectors reduces employment, tightening household budgets for many families. Tariffs simultaneously increase prices for everyday staples and other goods.

10% INCREASE ON HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

Costs that cannot be absorbed by companies will be passed on to consumers. Many household items like shampoo already face 10% tariffs.

$1.2 BILLION INCREASE

Tariffs on travel goods will make vacations more expensive. Essentials, such as luggage and handbags, will cost consumers an estimated $1.2 billion a year.

TECHNOLOGY

Almost every modern industry relies on technology. Tariffs on key components mean higher technology prices, making it harder for businesses to compete in the digital economy. When tech companies have fewer dollars to produce and invest, quality of service will also decline.

COST INCREASES

Consumers will see increased cost of internet access and cell service as technology sector is unable to invest in infrastructure.

JOBS MOVE ABROAD

Instead of assembling tech in U.S. facilities, homegrown companies will move production overseas.

Map of Tariff Impacts Around the U.S.


Click on the dots below to read stories of how tariffs are impacting American families, farmers, workers, and businesses.

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Tariff Stories: A Weekly Look at How Tariffs Hurt Americans

Ohio Company Stops Hiring After Getting ‘Hit at Both Ends’ By Tariffs (Reuters)

“Gradall Industries Inc. is among those getting hit at both ends of their business. … Mike Haberman, president of Gradall, said they raised prices twice last year in response to higher-cost imports and steel. Meanwhile, ‘our exports to China are down 30 to 40 percent,’ said Haberman, due to retaliatory tariffs China slapped on imports of Gradall’s machines and the economic slowdown in that country. Haberman said he has not shed workers yet, but stopped hiring last year.”

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Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Responds to President Trump’s Comments That Tariffs Will Stay in Place

(WASHINGTON) –Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide campaign against tariffs supported by American manufacturers, retailers, technology and agriculture organizations, released the following statement today after the President’s comments that tariffs will stay in place for a substantial period of time. 

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Consumers And Businesses Across The Country Are Reeling From Tariffs that Have Cost Americans Over $20 Billion on Imports Alone

WASHINGTON – As the trade war drags on, new data shows that tariffs are a growing drag on U.S. businesses and the economy. The price tag for the trade war has now reached more than $20 billion with American consumers – not other countries – bearing the bulk of that cost. While that number alone is far too high, it doesn’t include the cost of retaliatory tariffs that are causing exports to plummet, or the price of programs that are paying our farmers for the losses they have incurred, or the tariffs’ ripple effects on the broader U.S. economy. It also doesn’t include the cost of uncertainty the trade war has created that is preventing American businesses from being able to plan for the future, invest and grow

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Year End Trade Data Shows Staggering Rise in Tariffs Being Paid by the American People

When compared to 2017 levels, American businesses and consumers have paid nearly $13 billion more because of tariffs the administration has put in place

New data released on same day as 10-year deficit high shows that trade war is failing by every measure

(WASHINGTON) – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide campaign against recent tariffs on American businesses, farmers and consumers, today released year-end 2018 data showing that Americans paid $12.8 billion in additional tariffs last year due to tariff actions taken by the administration. The data, compiled by Trade Partnership, is the first look at the overall damage done in 2018 by the trade war and the sharp rise in tariffs Americans are paying. The data release comes on the same day that the 2018 trade deficit reached a 10-year high of $621 billion. Reducing the trade deficit has been used by the current administration as justification for recent tariffs. 

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New Data Reveals Continuation Of Higher Tariff-Related Costs In Florida Compared To Last Year

Impacts Discussed at Town Hall with Florida Manufacturers, Brewers, Business Owners

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Florida manufacturers, brewers and business owners joined Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide nonpartisan campaign against tariffs, at a town hall to unveil new economic data detailing the impact of tariffs on Florida’s economy. The data, compiled by the Trade Partnership, shows that tariffs cost Florida businesses almost $92 million in November 2018 alone, more than eight times the tariffs paid on those same products last year

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Tariff Stories: A Weekly Look at How Tariffs Hurt Americans

11,000 Texas Farmers Ask for Relief from Trump’s Tariffs (Waco Tribune-Herald)

“At least 11,000 Texas farmers believe they have suffered because of tariffs and trade disputes erupting amid President Donald Trump’s get-tough stance with China, which buys about half the cotton grown statewide, according to the Waco-based Texas Farm Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.” … “Texas Farm Bureau spokesman Gene Hall said farmers and ranchers have mixed feelings about the Trump administration, tariffs and the best approach to dealing with China.” … “‘A trade war could not have come at a worst possible time. It is being felt most acutely in the Midwest, but we’re having problems here, too. These market assistance payments are helpful, but no one considers them a long-term solution.”

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Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Sends Ways and Means Committee Over 500 Stories of Tariff Pain Ahead of Lighthizer Hearing

VIEW THE DATABASE OF OVER 500 STORIES AT: https://tariffshurt.com/tariff-story-database/

(WASHINGTON) – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide campaign opposing tariffs supported by over 150 trade associations from every industry, today sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee along with over 500 stories of how tariffs are hurting Americans ahead of United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s scheduled testimony before the committee next week. The stories, which the campaign has been collecting since the start of the trade war, come from congressional districts and states in every corner of the country and reinforce that fact that Americans, not foreign countries, are paying the price for tariffs.

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ICYMI: WaPo Fact Checker: THH Data Debunks President’s Claim China is Paying Tariffs

Trump’s repeated claim that China is paying ‘billions’ in tariffs to the Treasury

By Glenn Kessler

February 22, 2019 at 3:00 AM

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/politics/2019/02/22/trumps-repeated-claim-that-china-paying-billions-tariffs-treasury/

“Billions of Dollars are being paid to the United States by China in the form of Trade Tariffs!”

— President Trump, in a tweet, Feb. 16, 2019

“The tariffs are bringing a tremendous amount of money to our Treasury.”

— Trump, in remarks to the Cabinet, Feb. 12

“Those tariffs are costing them a lot of money, and they’re going into our Treasury; remember that, we’re filling up with billions of dollars.”

— Trump, at a campaign rally in El Paso, Feb. 11

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Statement on Transmittal of Auto 232 Tariff Report

(Washington) – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide campaign against tariffs supported by American manufacturers, retailers, technology, and agriculture organizations released the following statement today after the Commerce Department sent the White House the outcome of their 232 investigation on auto and auto parts imports. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, in conjunction with the Trade Partnership, released a study this month that quantifies the economic damage auto 232 tariffs and other tariff escalations would cause to the American economy. Read that study HERE.

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New Data Shows Trump Administration Tariffs Cost U.S. Businesses $2.7 Billion in a Single Month, Exports of American Products Targeted for Retaliation Plummet 37 Percent

As President claims that billions are flowing into Treasury from tariffs, new data shows it is coming from American companies

Monthly steel imports rise despite $246 million in added tariffs

WASHINGTON– Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide campaign against recent tariffs on American businesses, farmers and consumers, today released new data that shows American businesses paid an additional $2.7 billion in tariffs in November 2018 — the most recent month data is available from the U.S. Census Bureau due to the government shutdown. This figure reflects the additional tariffs levied because of the administration’s actions and represents a $2.7 billion tax increase and a massive year-over-year increase from $375 million in tariffs on the same products in November 2017. The historic tax increases come despite overall imports being slightly lower. The data, compiled by Trade Partnership, also shows that U.S. export growth hit its lowest level of 2018 in November, thanks in part to a 37 percent decline in exports of products facing retaliatory tariffs.

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Statement on Bipartisan Bills to ‘Restore Common Sense’ to Section 232 Process

(Washington, D.C.) –Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the bipartisan campaign representing over 150 trade associations from across industries, today released the following statement on two recent bipartisan bills that would curtail executive authority to unilaterally impose Section 232 tariffs.

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Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Statement on State of the Union Address

(Washington, D.C.) – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman and former Congressman Charles Boustany released the following statement on tonight’s State of the Union Address. In the address, the President called for additional authority to impose tariffs, including passage of the Reciprocal Trade Act. The President also updated Congress on progress in negotiations with China. If the U.S. and China fail to reach an agreement by March 1st the Trump Administration has said it will increase tariffs on $200 billion in imports to 25%.

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Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Statement on Status of China Trade Negotiations

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, following the second round of talks between U.S. and Chinese negotiators on a deal to de-escalate the trade war, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman and former Congressman Charles Boustany issued the following statement. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is a nationwide, grassroots campaign composed of over 150 trade associations from across industries.

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At South Carolina Town Hall, Data Reveals Massive Tariff Costs for Palmetto State

South Carolina businesses have now paid an extra $126 million thanks to Trump tariffs 

Most recent monthly data shows South Carolina businesses have paid $58 million in tariffs on products subject to new Trump tariffs; more than 7 times what was paid on the same products the previous year

Tariffs have a direct impact on South Carolina: In October, South Carolina exports subject to retaliation dropped 

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NEW AD: Non-Profit that Provides Babies With ‘A Safe Place to Sleep’ Says Tariffs Put Babies at Risk

New Tariffs Hurt the Heartland ad tells the story of how tariffs have caused a Pittsburgh based non-profit called “Cribs for Kids” to reduce the amount of cribs they provide to low-income moms across the country

Cribs for Kids Executive Director Judith Bannon: “We never thought tariffs would affect us, but they do. President Trump says that China is paying these tariffs, but I see the cost on my invoices.”

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The Markets Have Spoken: End the Trade War Before Damage Gets Worse

WASHINGTON – Officials from the United States and China are meeting this week for a second round of negotiations as they work toward a deal to end the trade war. The dispute between the two countries has lasted for months and its developments have created turmoil and uncertainty for the stock market. Everyday Americans watch their 401(k) plans tumble when leaders indicate the trade war will continue to drag on. As tariffs continue to hurt American businesses, workers, and families, the message from the markets is clear: the trade war needs to end before things get even worse.

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At Texas Town Hall, New Data Reveals Massive Tariff Costs for Lone Star State

Texas businesses have now paid an extra $1.1 billion thanks to Trump tariffs 

Most recent monthly data shows Texas businesses have paid $364 million in tariffs on products subject to new Trump tariffs; more than 12 times what was paid on the same products last year

Tariffs have a direct impact on Southeast Texas: Port of Houston exports subject to retaliatory tariffs are down 47 percent in most recent month; exports not subject to retaliation rose 34 percent

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WATCH: Soybeans in Louisiana Rotting in Fields as a Result of the Trade War

(St. Martin Parish, LA) – Today, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland released a new video featuring a Lousiana soybean farmer who was forced to leave his crop rotting in the field as a result of the trade war. Due to the administration’s tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese products, soybean farmers in Louisiana and beyond are suffering the effects of China’s retaliatory tariffs on American exports. 

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Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Statement on President Trump’s Speech to the American Farm Bureau Convention

Former Republican Louisiana Representative and Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Spokesman Charles Boustany reacts to President’s speech to the 100th Annual Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans

(New Orleans, LA) – Today, former Louisiana Congressman and Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman Charles Boustany (R, LA-03) released the following statement from New Orleans on the President’s speech to the Farm Bureau’s annual convention. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is a bipartisan, multi-industry campaign against the tariffs that is backed by over 150 trade organizations and ag commodity groups. For more information visit tariffshurt.com

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Trade Panel at CES Discusses Impact of Tariffs, Releases New Data on Costs of Trade War

Nevada businesses have now paid an extra $52 million in import tariffs due to Trump tariffs 

Latest monthly data shows a $29 million spike in tariffs paid on products subject to new Trump tariffs – more than 11 times the tariffs paid on the same products last year. 

The trade war has also taken a heavy toll on Nevada exports, which dropped nearly 50 percent in the most recent monthly data. 

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At Farm Show, New Data Reveals Pennsylvania Businesses Paying Massive Increase In Tariffs As Exports Plummet

Pennsylvania businesses have now paid an extra $271 million in import tariffs due to Trump tariffs 

Most recent monthly data shows Pennsylvania businesses have paid $95 million in tariffs on products subject to new Trump tariffs; more than nine times what was paid on the same products last year

Pennsylvania exports are also paying the price for trade war: exports subject to retaliation down 20%, thanks to $118 million in new retaliatory tariffs 

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CONTACT: matt@tariffshurt.com or melanie@tariffshurt.com 

Harrisburg, PA – Record-high tariffs are hitting Pennsylvania hard, according to new data released yesterday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland and compiled by The Trade Partnership. The data includes the first look at the full weight of tariffs that have been imposed on $200 billion in Chinese imports and the resulting retaliatory actions taken against American exports. In October 2018 (the most recent month available), Pennsylvania businesses paid $95 million in tariffs on products subject to Trump administration tariffs – more than nine times the amount paid in tariffs on the same products a year ago. Since new tariffs were imposed, Pennsylvania businesses have paid an extra $271 million in import tariffs.

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Tariffs Paid By Louisiana Businesses Have Increased Eightfold, According to Data Released at a Town Hall with Former Congressman Dr. Charles Boustany

Most recent monthly data shows Louisiana businesses paid $19 million in tariffs on products subject to new Trump tariffs during October; more than eight times what was paid on the same products last year

Louisiana businesses have now paid an extra $85 million in import tariffs 

Louisiana exports are also paying the price for trade war, as local farmers and manufacturers have faced $39 million in new retaliatory tariffs on goods exported out of the state

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CONTACT: matt@tariffshurt.com or melanie@tariffshurt.com 

(LAFAYETTE, LA) – A group of representatives from Louisiana’s business and manufacturing community joined Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, at a town hall today to reveal new economic data detailing the impact of tariffs on the state’s economy. The townhall was moderated by former Louisiana Congressman Dr. Charles Boustany, who now serves as a spokesman for the grassroots campaign.

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New Tariff Data Shows October Was the Highest Tariffed Month in U.S. History

U.S. businesses paid $6.2 billion in tariffs in October including $2.8 billion in new tariffs on products that have been targeted by the Trump Administration 

Data shows that tariffs have failed to achieve any stated Administration goals: US imports subject to new tariffs declined by just 0.6% in October, while US exports subject to retaliation fell 37%; Businesses are still importing goods while paying higher taxes, exports are falling, trade deficit is growing

Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman Charles Boustany: “The numbers don’t lie. Americans are paying these taxes and they’re paying more than ever before.”

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Contact: Matt@TariffsHurt.com or Melanie@TariffsHurt.com

(Washington, D.C.) – New data released today by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland and compiled by The Trade Partnership from monthly U.S. government data shows an unprecedented increase in import tariffs and falling U.S. exports due to new tariffs and international retaliation. The data, which is drawn from U.S. Census statistics on tariffs, includes the first look at the full weight of tariffs that have been imposed on $200 billion in Chinese imports and the impacts of retaliation from that action. The data shows that the $6.2 billion in tariffs paid by U.S.businesses in October 2018 is the highest monthly amount in U.S. history. It is also more than double what businesses paid in tariffs in October last year.

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