As unveiled by the Trump lead, US administration, Chinese spacecraft faces new steep tariff challenges. It is also the same with large airlines like Cornac C919 and ‘turbojet’ engines. 

The biggest challenge here is that the U.S. does not import any of these, and simultaneously the Chinese companies making them are just at the initial stages of establishing their foothold on a global platform. According to the aerospace analyst, Richard Aboulafia – the list item that has been newly included in the tax bracket appears to be aimed for years, or maybe decades, into the future, by when China might be expected to pose a threat for the Boeing Co. and the Airbus. 

As of now, the measures taken to protect U.S. trade would more likely harm aerospace commerce amongst both the nations which is already in big favor of America – at a ratio of about 17 is to 1. And all these attributing towards Boeing’s high aircraft sales to China’s airlines’ sector, which has been on rapid growth. 

Aboulafia also mentioned in his statement that, all of these have one significant risk and that will be retaliation. 

Advantage U.S.

According to Teal Group’s analysis of International Trade Commission data, a whopping total of $16.3 billion towards U.S aerospace exports has been recorded in the last fiscal year as compared to imports of only $956 million in parts. Further, as per the data, this favorable U.S. balance is going to dip, if China chose to expand its levies on 737 jetliners, Boeing’s largest profit source, and the most significant U.S. exporter. 

In an email statement, Boeing said that it has been analyzing the impacts of the tariffs and any such conditions of China’s reciprocal actions. It mentioned that the company would continue to be engaged with leaders of both the countries and urge forward for any productive dialogue possible to resolve any trade indifference. 

On the other hand, China had issued a warning that in an action of response to U.S. tariff threats it would impose 25 percent tariff on the U.S. aircraft weighing between 15,00 to 45,000 kgs when empty. This category range includes the U.S. Gulfstream luxurious jets and other smaller and older 737 models but just shied from penalizing 737 Max 8 – the new and best-selling Boeing model.  

Warning Lines 

As China retaliated on the levies on numerous items from hybrid cars to whiskey, aircraft was not the only among the U.S. goods. As per George Ferguson, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, there may be many other ways that the Chinese government may convey its displeasure on the U.S. for aiming the aerospace sector. 

According to Ferguson – there are chances that Chinese carriers could shake up Boeing investors by canceling or by deferring a couple of orders of aircraft. Or maybe could build up strategized issues for Boeing by placing their order with other competitors and breathe in fresh life to the Airbus’s low selling  A330neo family or the C Series, a narrow body which the European company is going to manufacture with Bombardier Inc. of Canada. 

The only relief count is that China would need more Boring crafts to continue on their growth run. The country’s airline sector cannot just subside Boeing for Airbus, as the popular French A350 widebodies and A320neo jets are majorly sold out till the early 2020s.