AAFA Urges President to Provide Tariff Relief to American Businesses and Consumers
December 12, 2019 | WASHINGTON, D.C.
Today, the American Apparel & Footwear Association sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump emphasizing the need for a "Phase One" deal that both eliminates the tariffs that are currently in place and removes the threat of those scheduled to take effect on December 15.
"While the punitive tariffs imposed by both the U.S. and China over the past 15 months have brought attention to issues plaguing the U.S./China trade relationship, they have also caused severe damage to U.S. companies, the millions of U.S. workers they employ, and the hundreds of millions of U.S. consumers they service," wrote Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. "Our members – be they manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, larger companies, or small companies – have pointed to the extraordinary costs associated with the tariffs as creating enormous problems for their businesses. These costs, many of which were suddenly imposed, stifle investments, impede market access, lead to the loss of American jobs, and raise prices for American families. The uncertainty associated with the talks only magnifies the pain by forcing companies to create and constantly revisit multiple tariff mitigation scenarios."
Approximately 92 percent of apparel, 68 percent of home textiles, and 53 percent of footwear imports from China to the U.S. have already been hit with a 15 percent punitive tariff since September 1, 2019. AAFA estimates that if the December 15 tariffs go through on the remainder of these products imported from China, the annual cost for the industry would increase by $1.003 billion for footwear, $354.6 million for apparel, and $397.7 million for home textiles.