How the US ended up in a global trade war: Timeline

Leading up to the presidential election, Donald Trump campaigned vehemently against free trade deals, claiming they were bad for American jobs, manufacturing and the economy.

Businesses grew concerned about the rhetoric, worrying what the dismantling of free trade deals could mean for their imports, exports and supply chains. In 2017, protectionist trade policy became the top business concern in the apparel and fashion industry — a drastic increase over the figures in 2016.

The first tariffs were announced in January 2018 on imports of solar panels. But that escalated quickly, to tariffs on billions of dollars of goods among the world’s largest trading partners.

So how did we get here? Check out this visual timeline provided by Supply Chain Dive and click to filter tariffs by country.

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