The papers are currently full of stories about the current US-China trade war and the devastating effects on American farmers. But what the media has failed to take into account is that in any trade war, there are winners as well as losers.
China has routinely flooded the US market with cheap produce, often sold at prices below their cost of production. Many Chinese exporters are playing “the long game,” and instead of competing in the free and fair market, are choosing to flood our shores at a loss in order to gain market share in the future. Countless farmers have gone out of business due to this illegal activity, and the current Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods greatly benefit many American farmers, something that is routinely left out of the larger media narrative.
The US garlic industry has been under assault by Chinese exporters since 1994. Per the Department of Commerce, since 2001, the American garlic industry has been directly impacted by over $600 million in financial damages by Chinese firms. Now, all Chinese garlic was immediately made subject to a 10 percent tariff, and on May 10, that tariff increased to 25 percent.
This action provides immediate relief to the American domestic industry. Back in the 1990s there were 12 major garlic farms in the United States. Today, there are only three left.