Update: ICv2’s Milton Griepp reports that tabletop RPGs, books and comics are also included in the tariffs.
In the United States of America, President Trump and his Republican team have steered away from the open markets and free trade the right of politics have traditionally fought so hard to build. At the forefront of this are escalating tariffs with China and the latest update to the list of Chinese imports include board games, models and dice.
Board games and dice are caught in a section that describes;
Chess, checkers, backgammon, darts and o/table and parlor games played on boards of a special design and parts thereof; poker chips and dice.
Whereas models are in a different section but clearly identified;
Toys, including riding toys o/than bicycles, puzzles, reduced scale models.
This is not a done deal. There will be hearings on the proposal on June 17th and if they pass then 25% tariffs could be in force by June 24th.
Companies will have the chance to propose changes to the list before that.
If the restrictions are put into force then dice, models and board games made in China and shipped via America may cost 25% more.
European gamers might also be caught up in this. It’s not uncommon for board games and components to be made in China. If the distribution of board games ever goes from China to a central distribution warehouse in America before shipping to Europe, then those 25% tariffs would come into effect.
Via Tabletop Wire.
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