US-China trade war: ‘We’re all paying for this’

Sherrill Mosee models a MinkeeBlue tote bagImage copyrightMinkeeBlue
Image caption Sherrill Mosee has seen import tariffs more than double on the bags she imports from China

“I’ve been building my business, and growing it year after year, and then this happened,” says Sherrill Mosee, who is one of the many who’ve been caught in the crossfire of the US and China tariff war.

She is the founder of handbag and backpack maker MinkeeBlue, which is based in Philadelphia but manufactures its products in China and then imports them to the US.

It is one of a huge range of companies – from shoe makers to chemical firms and tech suppliers – facing the impact of the bruising trade fight between the world’s two largest economies.

Ms Mosee has seen import tariffs on her products more than double in the last few months.

Top trade negotiators from the US and China met in Shanghai this week for their first face-to-face talks since May. But the meetings were brief and no swift resolution is yet in sight.