BUSINESS US tariffs significantly dampened export growth: study

BUSINESS

US tariffs significantly dampened export growth: study

Xinhua

13:56, January 07, 2020

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) - New US import tariffs in 2018 and 2019 significantly damaged US export growth, said a study released Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Shipping containers from China and other Asian countries are unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles as the trade war continues between China and the US, in Long Beach, California on September 14, 2019. (Photo: AFP)

"More exposed products experienced 2 percentage point lower growth relative to products with no exposure," said the study, titled "Rising import tariffs, falling export growth: When modern supply chains meet old-style protectionism."

The decline in exports is equivalent to an ad valorem tariff on US exports of almost 2 percent for the typical product and almost 4 percent for products with higher than average exposure, said the study, whose authors are Kyle Handley from the University of Michigan, Fariha Kamal at US Bureau of the Census, and Ryan Monarch at Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

The study shows firms that eventually faced tariff increases on their imports accounted for 84 percent of all exports and represented 65 percent of manufacturing employment, adding that for all affected firms, the implied cost is 900 US dollars per worker in new duties.

Exports of goods for November were 136.4 billion dollars, up 0.9 billion dollars, or 0.7 percent, from October, while imports of goods fell to 199.6 billion dollars, 2.7 billion dollars less than those of the prior month, down by 1.3 percent, according to data from the US Census Bureau.

The overall US trade deficit this year is expected to remain large. Earlier data showed that from January to October, the goods and services deficit increased 6.9 billion dollars, or 1.3 percent, from the same period in 2018. 

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