US imports of cherries to China was zero in the year 2000, growing to over $200 million in 2017. However, the current US China trade war and the retaliatory tariffs implemented by China have caused the US exports of Cherries to China to fall to about $200,000 for the year.
In retaliation for the Section 301 duties placed on Chinese imports, China in turn levied tariffs on US goods – for example, a 50% duty on US cherries. As a result, the US only shipped 187 tonnes in May 2019, versus 337 tonnes in May 2018 and 1,505 tonnes in May 2017. In fact, US cherry growers sometimes exported more cherries to China than to Canada.