March 28, 2023

“So China is now paying us billions of dollars in tariffs”

,– so contra Mr. Bruce Halls comment).

Source: US ITC (2023 ).
Quotes of tariff pass-through are quite near to one, i.e., a 25% ad valorem tariff leads to essentialy a 25% increase in price dealt with by a domestic consumer (broadly specified). This implies that we are paying the tariffs, not the Chinese, in these 2 cases.
If you werent paying attention, the United States seems to be a little country insofar as steel and aluminum markets are concerned (see Econbrowser posts [ 1], [2], [3],– so contra Mr. Bruce Halls remark).

This entry was published on March 17, 2023 by Menzie Chinn.

Thats economic expert Trump in 2018, as mentioned in Coy (2018 ). Now, from USITC “Economic Impact of Section 232 and 301 Tariffs on U.S. Industries” (page 22), a conflicting evaluation.
The Commissions econometric design estimates that tariffs under areas 232 and 301 resulted in a nearly one-to-one increase in prices of U.S. imports following the tariffs. This indicates that a 10 percent ad valorem tariff raised the price of U.S. imports from China by about 10 percent. This nearly total pass-through (meaning that rates received by exporters were mostly untouched and rates paid by U.S. importers increased by the same amount as the tariffs) is uncommon but has actually been likewise found by other recent studies, which conclude that U.S. importers have actually borne nearly the complete burden of section 301 tariffs.

Here is the approximated pass-through of tariffs into steel rates.

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