Walmart warns Trump tariffs may force price hikes

Posted September 26, 2018

This comes after President Trump announced another round of tariffs on Monday, targeting about $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Mihir Kapadia, CEO and founder of investment management firm, Sun Global Investments, said although Trump's announcement of the new tariffs was not a surprise, it has impacted the market. Trump's blunderbuss approach to tariffs now threatens to damage the very companies it claims to be defending.

Ma's bold promise following his January 2017 meeting at Trump Tower was greeted with skepticism by analysts at the time, who said the move was more about good PR than substance.

Altogether, Arkansas exports to China support 8,600 U.S.jobs, the council said. Almost half of China's exports to the United States now face Trump's taxes on trade. So if Trump fulfills his threat and hits the remaining $267 billion of Chinese exports as well, by next Sunday ALL America's imports from China and ALL China's imports from the United States will be paying tariffs.

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"Consumer goods made up only 1% of the products of the first $50 billion of imports from China subject to his announced tariffs". The predatory practices, the USA says, are part of China's relentless drive to challenge American technological dominance.

The new US tariffs will begin on September 24 at 10 percent and will increase to 25 percent by the end of 2018, with Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecasting a 0.5 percentage point decline in Chinese gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2019 to 6.1 percent. Many of these products are sold by Walmart in the U.S.

The U.S. Trade Representative's office was not immediately available for comment. But, he said, that is a challenge for China, because parts of the Chinese economy are very dependent on unfair access to USA markets, with the same being the case for Canada, Mexico, and Germany.

USCBC President Craig Allen also urged the Chinese government, which has announced plans to retaliated with $60 billion in new tariffs on USA, goods, to address concerns raised by the Trump administration on theft and transfer of US intellectual property and other unfair trade acts.

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Trump has cautioned the world's second-largest economy to think twice before engaging in a trade war in which, he claims, the U.S. has "more bullets".

"Should the tariffs go into effect, Walmart customers will face cost increases for essential items like auto seats, cribs, backpacks, hats, pet products and bicycles, " the retailer said. China's leaders ought to see that, for the most part, they dovetail with their own stated ambitions to make the economy more productive through competition and reform. China was also the second-largest export market for businesses services such as travel, education and industrial processes with $175 million worth of trade, which is a $369% spike from only $37 million a decade ago.

"We urge the Chinese government to implement a quick series of bold reforms that send a clear signal to its trading partners and members of the Chinese Party", said Allen.

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