Trump's tariffs on Airbus extend to dried cherries, potentially boosting Michigan's industry

Oct 4, 2019

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The Trump Administration announced they will put $7.5 billion worth of tariffs on goods flown into the U.S. on flights from Airbus. That will include several tart cherry products from Austria, Germany and Hungary. 

Products like tart cherry juice and frozen tart cherries from those countries will now have a 25 percent tariff, according to the World Trade Organization.

A list of European products that will now have a 25 percent tariff.
Credit World Trade Organization

On Twitter, President Donald Trump called the tariffs a "nice victory."

Director of the Cherry Industry Administrative Board Mollie Woods says cherry farmers in Michigan celebrated the news, as they have been undercut by cheaper foreign imports for years.

"Some of the biggest competitors we have are in the European Union," says Woods. 

Nels Veliquette with Shorline Fruit says the new tariffs are good news, but the cherry industry doesn't get much federal help on international trade disputes.

"These things are being pushed forward by a very small group of people," Veliquette said. "We don't have a lobby like the steel lobby."

Veliquette says they still don't know how long the tariffs will last. They take effect on Oct. 18. 

Michigan tart cherry farmers have faced stiff foreign competition for years, especially from the country of Turkey. The Dried Tart Cherry Trade Commission recently won a years long legal battle to get tariffs placed on Turkish tart cherry products.