Donald Trump’s ‘real threat’ of Vietnam tariffs sends ripples of anxiety through Southeast Asian nation

The US President Donald Trump is attempting to force Vietnam to reduce its trade surplus with America and has threatened tariffs. Photo: AP

The US President Donald Trump is attempting to force Vietnam to reduce its trade surplus with America and has threatened tariffs. Photo: AP

The US president is keen to narrow America’s trade deficit and stop illegal transshipments from China looking to avoid trade war tariffs. Vietnamese authorities are cracking down on illicit tariff dodging behaviour, but exporters worry that a ‘small batch could ruin it for everyone’