Fear is rippling through the Christian bookseller industry in the US. Publishers say that if Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs of 25% or “much higher” on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese goods kicks into effect.
Printed materials are included in the extensive list of Chinese goods that would be hit with the latest duties. Particularly hard hit would be Bible producers, according to testimony submitted by HarperCollins Christian Publishing ahead of the seven-day public hearing on the tariffs that began on Monday (June 17).
“Due to the unique paper, printing, and binding needs of Bible production there are simply no U.S. vendors that could produce any significant portion of the volume needed to meet the demands of the U.S. market,” wrote Mark Schoenwald, president and CEO of the company.
Most US-sold bibles are now printed in communist China. Something something USA! USA!