April 4, 2018 / 6:41 PM / 2 years ago

Deere says assessing impact of Beijing's new tariffs

CHICAGO, April 4 (Reuters) - U.S. agricultural machinery maker Deere & Co said on Wednesday it would monitor Beijing’s new tariff proposals to evaluate their impact on the company and its customers.

The statement came after shares of U.S. exporters of everything from planes to tractors fell after China retaliated against the Trump administration’s tariff plans by proposing duties on key U.S. imports including soybeans, planes, cars, beef and chemicals.

The tit-for-tat retaliatory policies are feared to hit U.S. farm exports, exacerbating the troubles of farm equipment makers, which have been battling weak domestic demand for the past four years.

Deere shares fell as much as 6.2 percent on Wednesday and were still down 3.8 percent at $147.24 in afternoon trading.

“We strongly encourage officials to work toward a timely resolution to limit uncertainty for farmers and avoid any meaningful disruption to agricultural trade,” said Ken Golden, director of global public relations at Deere. (Reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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