REPORT: Trump tariffs could cause shortage that hurts Christian evangelism

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BY TEAM DML / JULY 9, 2019 /

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Publishers of religious books are warning that President Donald Trump’s latest proposed tariffs on Chinese imports could result in a Bible shortage in the U.S.

Tens of millions of bibles are printed in China each year, with some estimates as high as 150 million. Publishers large and small testified against the proposed tariff in hearings last month, saying it would make the Bible more expensive for consumers and Christian organizations that give away Bibles as part of their ministry. The proposed tariffs are currently on hold as trade negotiations resume following months of parrying by U.S. and China officials.

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Bibles are printed on “unusually thin paper” that requires specialized machines, Mark Schoenwald, president of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, said in testimony to the  U. S. Trade Representative. Up to 75% of what it costs a publisher to make a Bible, with its complex illustrations and ultra-thin pages that make it portable, is spent in China and can’t be handled elsewhere, according to Schoenwald.

“A spokeswoman at HarperCollins said they believe around 20 million Bibles are sold in the U.S. each year,” USA Today reported. “The two largest Bible publishers in the United States, Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, are owned by HarperCollins, and they incur close to 75% of their Bible manufacturing expenses in China…”
“Traditionally, historically, books have been excluded from tariffs,” Stan Jantz, president and CEO of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, said.

“The tariff would hurt organizations that give away Bibles and also make it difficult for publishers to sell the Bible at a price people can afford,” Jantz said, according to USA Today.

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7 Comments

  1. Pamela July 9th, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    USA make Bibles so we will be fine thanks

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  2. Anita July 9th, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Laying the religion card now. There is a publisher of religious books in Nampa Idaho Why not assist them to print them by equipment upgrade.

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  3. Marion Marino-Meyash July 9th, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Too bad. China hates Christians and you allow them to print Bibles. Heretics. If the Bible cannot be printed in a Christian country then have it printed in the USA.

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  4. Bobbie Alcorn July 9th, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    I guess they need to start printing Bibles in the USA. Problem solved.

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  5. Snoozy July 9th, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    I’m sure many of us can and would donate our extra Bibles. Plus the many that are in thrift stores. God will provide.

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    • Sandy July 9th, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      Agree, The Lord will make a way. We should cherish the Bible’s we have.

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  6. Geri July 9th, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I bet thrift stores would be more than happy to donate Bibles to Christian organizations for distribution.

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