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China hits U.S. with high sorghum tariffs

Photo Courtesy of the National Sorghum Producers
 The trade war with China took another leap on Tuesday.  The Chinese government announced a tariff of 179% on U.S. sorghum.  

China announced what it is calling an anti-dumping tariff.  China had launched an investigation into the possible dumping of prices for U.S. sorghum into the Chinese market.  This investigation was in response to the Trump Administration’s tariffs on solar panels and washing machines.

The National Sorghum Producers (NSP) say, “We’re deeply disappointed in the preliminary antidumping determination issued today by China’s Ministry of Commerce. U.S. sorghum is not being dumped in China, and U.S. sorghum producers and exporters have not caused any injury to China’s sorghum industry.”

“National Sorghum Producers, alongside our producers, stakeholders and partners, have cooperated fully with China’s antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, including submitting several thousand pages of data demonstrating conclusively that U.S. sorghum is neither dumped nor causing any injury to China. None of this information appears to have been seriously considered or used in today’s preliminary determination, which is neither fair nor appropriate,” the National Sorghum Producers said.

China uses sorghum for animal feeds and for a popular liquor, called maotai. The Chinese government says the tariffs, taking effect on Wednesday, are only temporary.