25 American Products That Rely On Huge Protective Tariffs To Survive

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Congress is preparing assail China for protectionist policies, like a 105.4% tariff on US poultry.But anyone who thinks America is a perfect practitioner of free trade needs to wake up.

The International Trade Commission lists over 12,000 specific tariffs on imports to America. Hundreds of agricultural, textile, and manufacturing items are highly protected. So are obscure items like live foxes.

As American deindustrialization continues apace, that list will just get longer.

Non-specific dairy products -- 20% tariff on imports

Source: USITC

Most vegetables -- 20% tariff

Source: USITC

Asparagus and sweet corn -- 21.3% tariff

Source: USITC

Corsets and gloves -- 23.5% tariff

Source: USITC

Wool clothes -- 25% tariff

Source: USITC

Most auto parts -- 25% tariff

Source: USITC

Commercial plateware -- 28% tariff

Source: USITC

Synthetic outerwear -- 28.2% tariff

Source: USITC

Apricot, cantaloupe, and dates -- 29.8% tariff

Source: USITC

Garlic or onion powder -- 29.8% tariff

Source: USITC

Clothes made of synthetic fabric -- 32% tariff

Source: USITC

Brooms -- 32% tariff

Source: USITC

Canned tuna -- 35% tariff

Source: USITC

Chinese tires -- 35% tariff

Source: USITC

Leather shoes -- 37.5% tariff

Source: USITC

Decorative glassware -- 38% tariff

Source: USITC

Japanese leather -- 40% tariff

Source: USITC

Sneakers -- 48% tariff

Source: USITC

Miscellaneous ship parts -- 50% tariff

Source: USITC

European meats, truffles, and Roquefort cheese -- 100% tariff

Source: USITC

French jam, chocolate, and ham -- 100% tariff

Source: USITC

Shelled peanuts -- 131.8% tariff

Source: USITC

Unshelled peanuts -- 163.8% tariff

Source: USITC

Tobacco -- 350% tariff

Source: USITC

BONUS: Live Foxes -- 4.8% tariff

Source: USITC

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