Local story in my area from yesterday reporting on the transit and arrival of some new cargo cranes constructed in China and navigating through Maryland waters after a 2 month ocean transit.
The cranes cost $40M so this represents at least a $40M hit to US GDP, in fact probably more if local labor compensation disparity is included in the calculation (hard to compete against the USD value of 2 rations of dog brain soup per day) . And it doesn't stop there, as these cranes will assist in the future off-loading of additional $M worth of US GDP destroying goods at the Port of Baltimore.
Transit of the Bay Bridge was temporarily halted, thus killing the domestic productivity of the local economy for a day (thanks!), while the custom craft passed under the bridge by only 4 feet!
And isn't it nice of our US government agencies to assist this mercantilist effort to annihilate domestic employment, we read:
The ship took on extra ballast water to ride lower. Special instruments installed by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration measured the clearance. “Over six minute intervals, the data was updated, calculated and re-provided to the ship’s operator so they could safely navigate,” said Linda Austin, NOAA Spokesperson.That was awful nice of them.