There is a lot of talk about tariffs these days, but most of us don’t know which products will end up being priced higher. Obviously, there will be dozens and dozens of items that we use every day.
In its Aug. 27 edition, USA Today reported that it may be hard to find a Chinese-made product on a store shelf that doesn’t have a higher price tag because of new U.S. tariffs.
President Donald Trump announced double-barreled new tariffs on Chinese imports Aug. 23, after Beijing said it would retaliate against Trump’s latest duties with its own tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. products.
On Sept. 1, a tariff on some of the $300 billion in Chinese imports that was slated to be 10% instead will be 15%, Trump said.
A tariff on the rest of the $300 billion has been delayed until Dec. 15, but those, too, will now be slapped with a 15% tariff, up from 10%.
An existing 25% tariff on $250 billion in Chinese imports will rise to 30% Oct. 1, the president said.
Here are some of the products that could be affected:
September tariff: 15%
Likely to start on Sept. 1.
Beverages: Tea, coffee, Irish and Scotch whiskey, liqueurs and cordials, wine, brandy, vodka and tequila.
Baby gear: Diapers, pacifiers, nursing nipples, infant formula, high chairs and baby clothes.
Meats and dairy: Bovine, lamb, sheep, ham, geese, quail, sausage, milk, cream, yogurt.
In the pantry: Olive oil, maple syrup, chewing gum, cocoa powder, chocolate, pasta and condensed milk.
Clothing and accessories: Suits, jackets, pants, shorts, skirts, shirts, underwear, pajamas, sweaters, dresses, gloves, footwear, outerwear and wrist watches.
Live animals: Cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, camels, rabbits, horses, whales, dolphins, foxes and reptiles.
Miscellaneous: Glasses, contact lenses, golf carts, motorcycles, flowers, plants, blinds, shutters, linens, wallpaper, textbooks, books, printed calendars, wigs, drinking glasses, precious stones, musical instruments, brooms, sanitary napkins and tampons.
October tariffs: 30%.
Beverages: Juice, including orange, grape, tomato and pineapple, beer made from malt, some wines and water.
In the pantry: Natural honey, jam, peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, flour, flax seed, quinoa, oils, dates, figs, and nuts, including almonds, cashews, pistachio, walnuts and pecans.
Produce: Cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, radishes, beets, cucumbers, onions, celery, mushrooms, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, coconut, pineapples, fresh apples, peas, strawberries and dried fruit.
Personal care: Perfume, makeup, shampoo, deodorant, bath salts, soap, hair clippers, petroleum jelly and sunscreen.
Seafood: Includes bass, swordfish, lobster, tilapia, tuna, sardines, caviar, crabs, crab meat, eel, oysters, scallops, shrimp and fish sticks.
Miscellaneous: Dog or cat food, tobacco, coal, natural gas, ink, film, vinyl flooring, trunks, suitcases, some handbags, gloves, plywood sheets, paper, toilet paper, yarn, wool, carpet, mirrors, vacuums, windshield wipers and furniture.
December tariffs: 15%.
Scheduled to start Dec. 15:
Tech gear: Telephones for cellular networks, video game consoles, LED lamps¸ instant print cameras, cameras, and microwave ovens.
Baby gear: Strollers, infant nursery monitor systems, infant walkers, booster seats, play yards and swings.
Personal care: Shaving brushes, hair brushes, nail brushes, combs, hair accessories, electrothermic hair dryers and electric flat irons.
Miscellaneous: Fireworks, curtains, photo albums, children’s coloring books, printed cards, household or laundry type washing machines, ceiling fans, electric blankets, bedspreads, toys for pets, camping goods, umbrellas, music boxes, string musical instruments, cigarette lighters, scales, sleeping bags, toys, roller skates and fishing rods.
It may cost many of us much more to buy Christmas gifts.