(December 14, 2018—ANNAPOLIS, Md.) The Maryland Chamber surveyed member businesses to find the affect of ongoing tariff actions. Our preliminary findings highlight the negative impacts that have come as a result.
From the responses to the Maryland Chamber’s business survey:
In concert with the survey, additional Maryland Chamber outreach found that steel imports to Maryland have dropped 22 percent and aluminum imports have dropped 11 percent over the previous year, likely attributable to March’s tariffs. The additional tariffs between China and the U.S. enacted over the summer have the potential to impact economic activity around Maryland’s ports. An average of 89,600 tons, or 7,900 cargo containers, worth of commodities on the tariff lists go through Maryland ports of entry. This equates to a not-so-insignificant three percent of total tonnage moved through the Port of Baltimore in last year’s record year. That said, the data is not yet available to assess the final impact in 2018.
We are continuing to explore the impacts these tariffs are having on our membership, and will keep you apprised as additional information is gathered.