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From avocados to autos, Trump’s Mexico tariffs could hit California consumers hard


If new tariffs on Mexican imports go into effect Monday, consumers across California will feel the impact at grocery stores and, possible, in their jobs.
Californians with a taste for avocado toast, fresh strawberries, tech gadgets and new cars should consider stocking up this weekend.
On Monday, the costs of those goods could skyrocket if the Trump administration decides to make good on threats to impose escalating tariffs on all imports from Mexico. Part of a strategy to pressure Mexico into taking steps to curb illegal immigration, the 5% tariff — which President Trump has said could rise to 25% by October — could affect everything from the price of produce and automobiles to the supply chain for tech products whose parts are manufactured in both countries.
The economic impact could be particularly bad in California, which imports $44 billion from Mexico annually and counts the country among its largest trading partners.
As of Friday, the fate of Trump’s tariff plan was unclear. After threatening for weeks to impose the tariff — over objections from lawmakers in both parties — Trump appeared to soften his stance late Friday, tweeting that there was a “good chance” the U. S. and Mexico would reach a deal before Monday.
“If we are able to make the deal with Mexico, & there is a good chance that we will, they will begin purchasing Farm & Agricultural products at very high levels, starting immediately,” the president wrote. “If we are unable to make the deal, Mexico will begin paying Tariffs at the 5% level on Monday!”
Should the tariffs go into effect, however, consumers and workers in California will feel the consequences, adding an estimated $2.

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