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Minnesota farmers, manufacturers say trade war is hurting them, not China


November 7, 2019

Executives and representatives of Minnesota firms hurt by the U.S. trade war with China on Wednesday called for the Trump administration to resolve it. Participants at the event in St. Paul were, from left, Angela Marshall Hofmann, co-executive director of Farmers for Free Trade; Matt Moore, general counsel at Quality Bicycle Products, Inc.; Kristin Weeks Duncanson, fifth-generation Minnesota Farmer; Daniel Digre, chief executive of MISCO Minneapolis Speaker Co.; Kevin Paap, president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau and Andrea Novak, senior vice president of the St. Paul Port Authority.

Speaking from the factory floor at Misco Speakers, CEO Dan Digre held up an invoice for $13,600 from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

He received the bill in September - one of many since the trade war started - after importing parts from China. "People think China is paying the tariffs," Digre said. "No, Misco is paying the tariffs."


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