Cherries from Washington used to be the best-selling US products in e-commerce platform Tmall. The USA exported 27 thousand tons of cherries to China in 2017, which was an increase of 95% in comparison with 2016. This was the result of a growing demand for top-quality fruit from the growing middle-class in China.
The popularity of US cherries practically disappeared overnight when the trade war began. China raised the customs tariff on US cherries by 15% in April last year in response to increased US tariffs. China further raised the tariffs another 25% in June. And in September this year China added another 10%. Data from the Northwest Horticultural Council shows that the overall level of customs on cherries increased by 60%.
One paper in the Pacific northwest stated that the area exported 3 million boxes of cherries in 2017, but after two rounds of raised tariffs the overall export volume dropped to 1.7 million boxes. That is a decline of 40%.
Source: Fruit Critic