WASHINGTON — President Trump's trade war with China is about to hit home for many consumers. This week, the administration will impose a 10 percent tariff on another $16 billion worth of Chinese products, bringing the total so far to $50 billion. Officials are now weighing a 25 percent tariff on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, including materials used in many of the consumer products that were spared in the first round.
Nearly 400 companies, trade groups and others are descending on Washington this week to testify at six days of hearings before the United States trade representative. While some are speaking out in support of the tariffs, a majority of those testifying are opposed and trying to persuade American trade officials not to tax the Chinese products or materials they depend on. They warn the tariffs could force them to raise prices and potentially destroy their businesses.
Whether you're a college student, a parent, an entrepreneur, an outdoor enthusiast or a retiree, the tariffs could ultimately affect the products you covet.
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Here are some of the items that the tariffs could hit and that are being discussed at this week's hearings: