From Bibles to bicycles: US goods that may cost more because of tariffs on China imports

A worker cutting fake Christmas tree branches (left) into pieces in Yiwu, China. Pre-lit artificial Christmas trees (above) sold in the US, all of which are made in China, will be subject to upcoming tariffs together with hundreds of Christmas-time g
A worker cutting fake Christmas tree branches (above) into pieces in Yiwu, China. Pre-lit artificial Christmas trees sold in the US, all of which are made in China, will be subject to upcoming tariffs together with hundreds of Christmas-time goods. PHOTOS: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
A worker cutting fake Christmas tree branches (left) into pieces in Yiwu, China. Pre-lit artificial Christmas trees (above) sold in the US, all of which are made in China, will be subject to upcoming tariffs together with hundreds of Christmas-time g
China now prints most of America's Bibles, which are complex books more expensive to print than ordinary books, said HarperCollins Christian Publishing chief executive Mark Schoenwald.

From bibles to bicycles, a huge number of everyday goods bought by Americans may be hit by a fourth wave of American tariffs on another US$300 billion (S$407 billion) of imports from China.

Hundreds of small business owners and executives who sell these goods spoke at US Trade Representative hearings in Washington last week to ask that their imports from China be exempted from the tariffs. They warned that otherwise, they would be forced to raise prices, fire workers, or even shut down.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 23, 2019, with the headline 'US goods that could cost more because of tariffs on China imports'. Print Edition | Subscribe