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August 30, 2018

Dear AP Customer:

In March, President Donald Trump announced tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, sparking an international trade dispute. These tariffs were quickly followed up by others aimed specifically at imports from China.

An Associated Press analysis found that as much as 20 percent of import traffic at some of the nation’s ports could be affected by the ongoing trade war if all the tariffs are implemented. And it’s not just the large shipping terminals that will be affected. More than 250 shipping, air and ground ports in 48 states will see some of their import traffic affected by the tariffs.

Port officials worry the tariffs could reduce cargo shipments, threaten jobs and kill investments in improving port facilities.

The AP’s analysis found that customs districts based in Baltimore, Charleston, S.C., Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Norfolk, Va., San Francisco, Savannah, Ga., Seattle, St. Louis and Wilmington, N.C., will see at least 10 percent of their total import value affected if all the tariffs are enacted.



The Associated Press is providing data to AP customers on the value of the tariff-affected imports and exports in each Customs district and at individual shipping, air and ground ports, to help reporters gauge the impact of tariffs on their local shipping economy. If your newsroom has not received the link, contact apdigitalsales@ap.org



The story has moved in advance and is EMBARGOED for online publication until 3:01 a.m. EDT Friday. The data may be used for reporting immediately.



The AP hosted a webinar on Aug. 22 to review the story and the data with members. Contact datateam@ap.org for the recording link.




Port officials around the country are worried about a widening trade war with China. They fear that a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods, on top of levies hitting $50 billion of items already, could reduce cargo shipments, threaten jobs and kill investments to improve port facilities. By David Koenig and Larry Fenn. 1,200 words. Photos. AP Graphic.



For questions about the package, contact Business Team Leader Pia Sarkar at psarkar@ap.org For data questions, contact AP data editor Meghan Hoyer at mhoyer@ap.org

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