Bibles from China Removed from Tariff List
After book publishers warned about “Bible tax”
President Trump is exempting Bibles from upcoming tariff increases on Chinese goods. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said, “Bibles and other religious literature are among the items removed from the tariff list and will not face additional tariffs of 10 percent.”
Christian publishers, who report that more than 75 percent of Bibles are printed in China due to the specialized printing technology and formatting, celebrated the announcement from the office of U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer.
"Whatever one thinks about trade policy, the Bible should never have been a subject of this sort of taxation," Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), said.
- With gratitude to the trade representative’s office for exempting Bibles and other religious items from the tariffs.
For the negotiators working on behalf of the U.S. to secure an agreement on trade with China.