USA tariffs on Chinese goods to come into effect

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Friday's tariff hikes are the first stage in levies threatened by the U.S. on $450 billion worth of imports from China.

The president expressed plans to impose a 25-percent tariff on items from cars to smart home devices imported from China beginning July 6.

"We've had close to $500,000 in cancellations already.it's about a quarter of our business". US manufacturers and business groups have said the tariffs could increase their costs and lead to higher prices for consumers. The Trump administration stated that the tariffs are created to hit industries identified by the Chinese government's Made in China 2025 initiative, which aims to build up certain high growth sectors.

"Everyone is holding off to see what happens with this tax, whether it's repealed, or if there's a better solution". US firms in China are already reporting spikes in random inspections at ports.

Donald Trump has threatened to escalate the conflict by imposing further tariffs on up to $200bn of Chinese goods, if Beijing retaliates on Friday.

European shares rose Thursday following a German report that the USA may propose reducing suggested auto tariffs to zero.

The trade war could hurt multinational carmakers that sell imported US vehicles in China.

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Brussels shares Washington's concern about China's closed markets and what western governments say is Beijing's manipulation of trade to dominate global markets.

"U.S. government facilities worldwide remain in a heightened state of alert", the caution said. "But hopefully it'll blow over quickly".

The warning, which Reuters described Tuesday as similar to a previous advisory posted by the embassy in January, contrasted sharply from the latest China-related travel alert issued by U.S. State Department. At least one pork producer has said it could be put out of business. "So certainly the fact that we're now talking about automotive tariffs against the Europeans - where there is a problem, where the European tariffs against USA cars are four times what the American tariffs are against European cars - that's something that potentially really disrupts supply chain and will hurt American corporations and eventually the American economy". As an example, Chinese companies are reselling US soybeans, and Chinese companies are expected to cancel most of the remaining soybeans they have committed to buy from the U.S.in the year ending August 31, once the extra tariffs take effect. "If customers feel that the prices are very high after the adjustments, then sales will go down".

China said Thursday it won't tolerate "threats and blackmail" as it prepares for the U.S.to implement tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods.

"There's nothing we can do if there's a trade war", Gao said as he showed off the firm's imported lobsters amid tanks of seafood at its Beijing store.

But equally likely to be affected from the fallout of a full blown trade war are the economies of a number of countries that are tightly integrated into the global value chain - which companies increasingly use to fragment production of their goods.

How much consumers are willing change their behaviour because of the tariffs will shape which businesses suffer most.

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