"If there was ever a time for the USA seafood industry, restaurants and retailers to come together to work towards a common goal of market access and supporting good American jobs and healthy sustainable American seafood, it is right now". Indeed, the numbers appear identical.
An initial list of 545 categories of items valued at $34 billion will be subject to tariffs starting July 6th-the same day the US says it will impose tariffs.
The second wave of products has been cued up as Washington prepares to announce on Friday a list of about US$50 billion of goods to be targeted.
The Commerce Ministry said it also was scrapping deals to buy more American farm goods and other exports as part of efforts to defuse a sprawling dispute over its trade surplus and technology policy. The list included 1,333 product lines.
It contains about 1100 items, including about 285 newly proposed items - including semiconductors and batteries - that are subject to further review.
The new tariffs would take effect from July 6, according to the office of trade representative Robert Lighthizer.
Trump has warned if Beijing follow through with the retaliations, there will be another round of restrictions placed on Xi Jinping's superstate.
"Trade between our nations, however, has been very unfair, for a very long time. This situation is no longer sustainable", he added.
Beijing appeared to be trying to minimise the impact on its own economy by picking U.S. products that can be replaced by imports from other suppliers such as Brazil or Australia. "This isn't good news at all".
"If the United States takes unilateral, protectionist measures, harming China's interests, we will quickly react and take necessary steps to resolutely protect our fair, legitimate rights", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular daily news briefing.
U.S. consumers concerned that a trade war with China could mean higher prices for smartphones and televisions can breathe a sigh of relief. "However, confronted by such short-sighted act that hurts both the US itself and others", he said. "China does not want a trade war", the statement continues by promising to "fight back vigorously" in defense of globalization and the world trade system.
'The U.S. has ignored China's resolute opposition and solemn representation, and has insisted on adopting behaviors that violate WTO rules, ' China's commerce ministry said.
"Let's work on the trade issue but not by issuing tariffs".
The list is meant to minimize the impact on USA consumers and businesses by selecting goods where there are ample alternative supplies from other countries. Following the imposition of global tariffs through Section 201 on imported solar cells and modules, the administration has also imposed global tariffs on steel and aluminum through Section 232, which covers national security interests.