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Cheesemakers hit by tariff dispute

By Ai Heping in New York | China Daily | Updated: 2018-07-13 07:37

Nearly 635 million kilograms of American cheese are in cold storage in the United States. That's roughly 1.8 kilos of cheese for every American, the highest amount since record-keeping began in 1917.

And that amount could go higher as the two main US dairy states - California and Wisconsin - deal with the impact of retaliatory tariffs on dairy products from Mexico and China.

On July 5, Mexico and China put tariffs on $986 million worth of US dairy exports - $408 million worth of cheese to China and $578 million worth of dairy products to Mexico - as retaliation for the Trump administration's tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. US dairy exports totaled $5.5 billion last year, including $1.3 billion to Mexico alone, according to the US Agriculture Department.

Cheesemakers hit by tariff dispute

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