The trade war has made more than $250 billion of Chinese exports more
expensive for Americans — from leather belts to refrigerators to
motorcycles. The disruption to the world’s biggest trading relationship
has electronics manufacturers, industrial machinery makers and fashion
brands working on shifting some of their assembly lines.
We are flooded by inquiries, said William Ma, group managing director of
Kerry Logistics, a Hong Kong-based firm that helps companies around the
world manage their supply chains. "It all happens after the trade war."
Many firms are keeping much of their operations in China, which offers a
giant domestic market and advantages that businesses struggle to find
elsewhere. But those that are moving aren’t flocking to the United
States. Instead, they’re looking to transfer work to other Asian
In a recent survey by two American chambers of commerce in China, one
third of the companies who responded said they were looking to switch to
production outside of China as a result of the trade war. Only 6% said
they were considering moving business back to the United States.