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May 15, 2019
Apples not included in latest Chinese tariffs

U.S. apple growers may breathe a little more freely than those that farm other export crops.

Apples are not included in China’s latest round of tariffs, the Washington Apple Commission’s Todd Fryhover told Seattle-based TV station Q13 Fox on May 13. The state’s year-to-date apple shipments are down 32%, however, showing the Washington apple industry is feeling effects of the Trump administration’s ongoing trade strife with numerous nations.

China announced additional tariffs on numerous U.S.-exported products on May 13. The list included some agricultural goods, including higher tariffs on frozen fries and dehydrated potatoes. Washington exports more potatoes than any other U.S. state. Although China does not import fresh potatoes from the U.S., it still ranks sixth among importers of U.S. potato products.

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