BEIJING — Chinese imports of American goods plunged in July as a tariff war with Washington intensified.
Imports of U.S. goods fell 19% from a year earlier to $10.9 billion, customs data showed Thursday, though that was an improvement over June’s 31.4% fall. Exports to the United States declined 6.5% to $38.8 billion.
Beijing has retaliated for U.S. tariff hikes in a dispute over trade and technology by imposing its own punitive duties and suspending purchases of American soybeans and other goods.
The latest data follow President Donald Trump’s threat last week to extend punitive duties to an additional $300 billion of Chinese imports.