Locally New Tariffs Could Affect Cranberry Business

Farmer Preparing His Ripe Red Bog for Cranberry Fruit Harvest (Credit Chris Boswell/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- With China announcing more than $50-billion-dollars worth of tariffs on U-S goods, at least one segment of the Massachusetts economy is very concerned about what that could mean. 

The cranberry industry in the state would be severely impacted by the new tariffs.

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Full List Of U.S. Items Hit With Chinese Tariffs

Brian Wick is from the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association says they are worried.

"I know that 30-percent of the cranberries grown in the U.S are exported and a large percentage of that is definetly coming from Massachusetts," he said.

China is a big importer of cranberries from the U.S.  and Wick says there has been tremendous growth in the Chinese market for American cranberries over the last few years.

"We're having our struggles economically this is definitely not the news that we need to hear right now, especially as we're trying to increase our export market opportunities " he said.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope reports.

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