Consumers pay for tariffs — not exporters

DEAR EDITOR:

A tariff is a tax on imported goods. Despite what President Trump says, it almost always is paid directly by the importer (usually a domestic firm) and never by the exporting country. That means if a progressive tariff (tax) is placed on all Mexican goods imported to this country (such as produce, cars, parts, etc.) the price the American consumer pays for this will continue to increase. At this time, we can’t get these items any place else in the world on short notice. Many of these items we can get only from Mexico.

So who is this going to hurt? The American consumer because importers will raise their prices and pass them on to us.

ROYAL STARGELL

Warren

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