The Trump administration’s trade war with China is expected to cost the region’s sweet-cherry growers $60 million to $86 million in lost revenue, according to an initial estimate developed by the Northwest Horticultural Council.
The damage results from cherries selling for less in what had been a prime export market. Some sales were missed altogether as China’s retaliation for U.S. tariffs took hold. Earlier this year, China put a 15 percent tariff on cherries, and followed it in early July with an additional 25 percent hit just as fruit were being shipped to market.
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