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Manufacturers Blame Tariff for Inflation

Economists and policymakers are currently discussing whether incentive spending and easy monetary policy are powering Inflation. Many businesses say that another culprit is to be blamed, that is, import Tariff.The Trump administration applied tariffs on products including lumber, steel, and semiconductors to protect American companies from an excess of cheap imported products from China and other countries.

The tariffs have always been opposed by the US companies that import the goods and pay the taxes. They are developing a new force for the Biden administration to boost them on estates that tariffs contribute to rising prices and product scarcities, supplementing post-pandemic recovery.The coronavirus pandemic still damages high demands for consumer goods and other products in the US economy. This has led to deficiencies in commodities from lumber to computer chips.

When asked whether tariff reduction would help solve the scarcities and Inflation, Cecilia Rouse, chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, told the reporters at a media briefing on Friday that their trade representatives are looking at all of these factors. High demand for commodities and the increased prices that have resulted are among the factors which are stirring up chances of Inflation.

The US continues to sustain its lead in import business with around $2.5 trillion in 2019, and any extra tariffs to lessen the shortages and high prices could have extensive consequences. The United States currently charges average tariffs of 19.3% on imports from China and 3% from the rest of the world, as reported by the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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