HarperCollins Christian Publishing Concerned Possible Tariffs on China Might ‘Damage’ Bible Sales in the U.S.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. has expressed concern over the possibility of tariffs on books and printed materials from China, stating that it might “damage” Bible sales in the United States.

HarperCollins oversees the largest Bible publishers in the United States, Thomas Nelson and Zondervan. About 75 percent of their Bible production expenses are in China.

The company explained that they believe “imposing tariffs on books and Bibles would seriously and disproportionately damage our business and our customers.”

“HCCP supports the Administration’s efforts to negotiate more equitable terms with China concerning the protection and transfer of intellectual property,” the company said in a public comment to Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer, the United States Trade Representative. The Christian Post received a copy of the comment.

“However, we believe that imposing tariffs on printed books and Bibles will sacrifice long-standing U.S. policy exempting books and related materials from trade restrictions without having any impact on China’s policies on intellectual property.”

HarperCollins went on to explain that it lacked the resources to maintain their production of Bibles relying on alternatives outside of China.

“HCCP’s possible non-Chinese alternatives do not have the range of facilities to be able to manufacture the Bibles currently made in China,” the company continued.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski