Trump Import Tariff Hits The American Gaming Market Hard

May 15, 2019 by cassn

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative made the announcement earlier this week that toys, board games, and dice from China will be subject to additional import tariffs of up to 25%.

Trump had, up until recently, been in intense trade negotiations with China. However, when the negotiations fell through on Friday, Trump proposed the additional tariffs be enacted.

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The announcement is a blow to both indie and established games designers alike, and, if passed, the move would significantly increase gaming costs in the American market. Rob Daviau (Betrayal at House on the Hill, Pandemic Legacy) has stated that the tariff 'could literally end my career.'

Public hearings into the proposed tariffs will begin on 17th June 2019, allowing businesses and individuals the opportunity to have their say on specific subheadings. The tariffs could be implemented anytime after 24th June 2019. You can check out the full list of proposed tariffs here.

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