Bibles from China taken off tariffs list

The Trump administration has removed Bibles and other prayer books printed in China from the list of items subject to an additional 10% tariff set to take effect Sept. 1. Officials released the amended list Aug. 13. 

Though tariffs on some products were just delayed, Bibles were removed from the list completely. China is the world’s largest Bible publisher and No. 1 source of Bibles imported to the U.S. 

Ben Mandrell, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, told Christianity Today the company spends 31% of its total printing costs in China. 

“Today’s announcement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has given us hope that the administration has heard our concern,” Mandrell said. (TAB)