Maine escapes first wave of Chinese tariffs

Maine’s biggest exports, including lobster, wood pulp and airplane parts, are not targeted by the first round of Chinese tariffs in the brewing trade war with America.

China released its list of 128 U.S. products targeted for tax hikes in retaliation for President Trump’s trade sanctions on Chinese aluminum and steel on Monday, the day after Meifang Zhang, deputy consul general of China’s New York City consulate, arrived in Portland for her visit to Maine. The list included pork, nuts and fruit, aluminum scrap and steel pipes, but Maine’s signature products avoided China’s extra 15 to 25 percent import tax.

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