The impacts were felt almost immediately.
In early April, just as China implemented retaliatory tariffs on certain U.S. agricultural products—including wine, fruits and nuts—San Joaquin County winegrape grower Aaron Lange experienced the initial fallout: A Chinese import firm with which his business had recently established a new relationship canceled the order. Another customer put on hold an order for 700 cases of wine, pending negotiation of who will pay the additional 15 percent duty.
"I guarantee you it's going to be coming out of partly my pocket, to make sure that we maintain our market access to the China market," Lange said. "This hurts California's ability to compete with other nations by every stretch of the imagination."
Lange made his remarks during a news conference last week at his family winery and vineyard in Acampo. The event was hosted by Farmers for Free Trade and the California Farm Bureau Federation, and featured farmers and leaders from the state's farm and food sectors emphasizing the importance of trade to agriculture and the negative impacts of the new tariffs on California exports.