July 4th is the National Day of the United States. On this happy day, many cities in the United States have to set off fireworks to celebrate.
Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Fireworks Association, said that about 99% of the fireworks in the backyard of Americans came directly from China. She said: "About 70% of professional fireworks are produced in China."
At a time when the Trump administration is about to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese imports worth $50 billion, at least one commodity from China will be spared. This is fireworks
Heckman said, "Thank God, the fireworks have not yet been affected by tariffs." However, she added, "We are very concerned about the development of the situation very, very closely."
The sales of fireworks in the United States are excellent. From 1998, the total value of imports was US$ 284 million, which surged to 858 million US dollars in 2017. It is estimated that the United States will import more than 900 million US dollars of fireworks from China this year.
The US "Quartz" magazine said last year that the United States is highly dependent on importing fireworks from China, and there are very few local fireworks. China has a status of "nearly monopolizing on a global scale".
The original fireworks industry in the United States is mainly concentrated in the Midwest, such as Ohio. But this labor-intensive industry is gradually shrinking.