Nick Wang, who imports garlic and ginger from China's Shandong Province and once garnered a 70 percent of market share in America, claims that the 20-30 percent rise in the price of garlic and ginger across the United States, stemming from the administration's trade friction with China, has resulted in heavy complaints and doubt about the government's trade policy: "Most garlic and ginger sold in the US market come from China. People have no choice but (to) use these Chinese produces, albeit they sell more expensive.”
Garlic and ginger are among the Chinese goods listed by the US government in 2018 and 2019 for heavier import tariffs. Since they are the daily essentials for cooking, muttering and displeasure arose from a wider field.
"The importer, wholesaler and retailer won't take in the extra tariffs. They will push them on to the consumers. It is the consumers who pay in accordance with the padded price tag eventually," said Wang, according to globaltimes.cn.
Zhang, who declined to give his full name, purchases produces for his company's dining hall one or two times a week. The price rise he has experienced is steep.
A can of peeled garlic, weighing 5 pounds (about 2.3 kg), is now sold at the wholesale market for around 12 US dollars, compared with 6 dollars a year ago. A carton of ginger is worth 18 dollars, while it just cost 12 dollars in the past, he explained.