Tariffs hover over Chinese manufacturers, which have already had to contend with soaring labour, rent and raw material costs. Illustration: SCMP

Trade war: Chinese exporters’ front-loading beats US tariffs – but for how long?

  • As manufacturers operate flat-out to fulfil US orders brought forward to avoid tariffs, the possibility of a sharp fall in demand in 2019 looms large
  • Some are speeding up relocation of factories to other countries in Southeast Asia, where costs are lower and US tariffs do not apply
Topic |   China economy

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Tariffs hover over Chinese manufacturers, which have already had to contend with soaring labour, rent and raw material costs. Illustration: SCMP
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