Oregon producers waiting to see the effect of China tariffs

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Some of Oregon’s agricultural producers are waiting to see the effect trade disputes between the United States and China will have on their products.

China announced on Sunday it would put extra tariffs of up to 25 percent on certain U.S. products such as fruits and nuts, including a 15 percent tariff on hazelnuts.

The Register-Guard reports that aside from hazelnuts, that move would also affect pears, berries, apples and wine.

The country already has a 25 percent tariff on hazelnuts.

Oregon hazelnut producers say they are already have a workaround for China tariffs.

State Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor says the effect the tariffs will have on Oregon products will depend on whether Chinese consumers will be willing to buy their produce at a higher price.