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Latest US-China Trade Tensions Will Impact US Produce TradeThe Chinese retaliatory tariff came in the form of a list of more than 500 US products that starting on July 6 will be subject to a 25% tariff on top of any existing tariffs. June 19, 2018
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Dan Siekman

A US soybean farmer. Soy is the biggest target of the new tariffs, but some producers of fruit and nuts will also feel the pain.

US Apples Hit with 20% Retaliatory Tariff in Mexico Trade Spat In response to the Trump Administration’s tariffs on aluminum and steel, Mexico announced today that effective immediately imports of apples from the U.S. would be subject to a retaliatory tariff of 20%.  Under WTO rules, countries hit with unilateral tariffs are allowed to levy tariffs equivalent to the amount of injury.  Apples are just one item on the list of U.S. products that Mexico is targeting. June 11, 2018
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China Quarantine Authority Orders Stepped-Up Inspections of US FruitAccording to industry sources in Shanghai and Shenzhen, as far as those sources can ascertain, all shipments of US fruits entering port in those two cities are currently being subjected to on-site inspections, which typically take no more than a day. Additionally, in Shenzhen, as far as the source there has seen, all shipments of US fresh fruits are being subjected to laboratory testing. May 06, 2018
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China Announces Anti-Dumping Measures against US SorghumChina's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on Tuesday https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sorghum_Harvest.jpgsaid that as of April 18, US exporters would be required to pay a 178.6% deposit on all shipments of Sorghum to China. April 20, 2018
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Blockchain: What It Is, What It Isn't, and What It Means for The Produce IndustryPMA's Ed Treacy thinks the blockchain-based solutions will be adopted across a wide range of industries, and will be, "transformational for the grocery industry," including growers and suppliers of fresh produce. April 11, 2018
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Ed Treacy, Vice President, Supply Chain Efficiencies for the Produce Marketing Association. Image: MZMC

First Two Months of 2018: Strong Growth in China’s Fruit ImportsData from China Customs shows four varieties of fruit, cherries, oranges, blueberries, and bananas, registering robust year-on-year growth in both import volume and import value during the first two months of 2018. April 10, 2018
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Jing Zang
China Imposes Tariffs on US Agricultural Products, Effective TodayChina today made good on its March 23 threat to respond to tariffs and planned trade actions against Chinese goods that were recently announced by the US government. April 02, 2018
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Breaking: China Proposes 15% Tariff on most US Fresh Fruits, Dried Fruits and NutsThe list released by MOFCOM of products proposed for 15% tariff includes all US fresh fruits that currently have market access to be imported into China, as well as most key dried fruit and nuts. March 23, 2018
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Dan Siekman

China's Ministry of Commerce posted a pdf document this morning with a list of US products proposed for additional tariffs.

2017 Year in Review: China’s Cherry MarketChina imported 102,000 tons of cherries valued at USD 700 million in 2017. Produce Report got a first-hand account of the market performance of imported cherries from different countries. March 20, 2018
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Jing Zang
2017 Year in Review: China’s Avocado MarketChina imported a record 32,100 tons of avocado in 2017, with a record value of USD 105 million. February 21, 2018
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