Here are all the US states that ship more than $1 billion worth of goods to China that would be slammed by tariffs

  • President Donald Trump escalated his trade dispute with China and is planning for $US200 billion worth of Chinese goods to be subjected to an additional 10% tariff.
  • In turn, China said it would slap the US with tariffs on $US50 billion worth of US imports starting in July.
  • China’s tariffs would target energy and agricultural products, such as ornamental fish, whiskey, and coal – which would affect some states more than others.
  • There are eight US states that exported more than $US1 billion worth of tariff-eligible goods to China in 2017.

President Donald Trump escalated his trade dispute with China earlier this week, ordering the US Trade Representative to compile a list of $US200 billion worth of Chinese goods to be subjected to an additional 10% tariff.

Trump’s decision came three days after he announced tariffs on $US50 billion worth of Chinese goods that would be subject to a 25% tariff.

In turn, China said it would slap the US with tariffs on $US50 billion worth of US imports starting in July. China’s tariffs would target energy and agricultural products, such as ornamental fish, whiskey, and coal – which would affect some states more than others.

Business Insider used US Commerce Department data to determine the number of tariff-eligible goods from each state shipped to China in 2017.

Because of the US database’s limitations, the totals include some foreign-sourced goods that may not be subject to China’s tariffs. Those goods represent a small portion of the overall values.

Additionally, the database measures exports using a system called Origin of Movement. This measures where exports are sent from rather than where they are produced. While research shows that Origin of Movement can be a solid proxy for production, the Census Bureau data may provide an undercount for some upstream producers.

For instance, some farmers in the Midwest ship their soybeans to Louisiana for transport, which increases the count for Louisiana. Given the fact that Louisiana still relies on the shipping and sales for its economy, the data is still helpful to evaluate the pain from the tariffs – but it may undercount the lost value to some upstream producers.

There are eight US states that exported more than $US1 billion worth of tariff-eligible goods to China in 2017:


1. Texas: Tariff-eligible export amount: $US8,022,380,040

In Texas, the biggest hit will come from crude oil and propane. The state sent $US3.7 billion worth of crude oil to China last year, and $US1.7 billion worth of propane.


2. Louisiana: Tariff-eligible export amount: $US6,627,390,388

Meinzahn/iStockNew Orleans, Louisiana.

Some farmers in the Midwest ship their soybeans to Louisiana for transport, which increases the count for Louisiana.

Given the fact that Louisiana still relies on the shipping and sales for its economy, the data is still helpful to evaluate the pain from the tariffs – but it may undercount the lost value to some upstream producers.


3. Washington: Tariff-eligible export amount: $US5,231,988,100

Seattle Municipal Archives/FlickrThe Space Needle observation tower in Seattle, Washington.

4. California: Tariff-eligible export amount: $US4,560,897,434

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5. Alabama: Tariff-eligible export amount: $US2,620,256,485

Sean Pavone/ShutterstockBirmingham, Alabama.

About $US1.9 billion of the state’s $US2.6 billion in goods is comprised of small-engined vehicles.


6. South Carolina: Tariff-eligible export amount: $US2,588,390,677

ShutterstockCharleston, South Carolina.

7. Illinois: Tariff-eligible export amount: $US2,123,222,976

ShutterstockChicago, Illinois.

8. Kentucky: Tariff-eligible export amount: $US1,006,565,148

Sean Pavone/ShutterstockLouisville, Kentucky.

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