Industry Expresses Concern Over Continued Tax-Tariff Burden Faced by Americans

October 4, 2021 | WASHINGTON, D.C.

American Apparel & Footwear Association President and CEO Steve Lamar expressed concerns with the Biden administration’s plans to continue collecting tariffs on American companies following today’s speech by U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai.
“At a time when industry is struggling with an unprecedented supply chain crisis due to our crumbling infrastructure, economic fallout from a damaging pandemic, and unprecedented freight costs, it is distressing that the administration has chosen to continue to subject U.S. companies to these damaging taxes. Although restarting an exclusion process is an important step forward, the far better course would have been to discontinue use of these tariffs entirely.

"The tariffs currently being imposed on clothing, footwear, and travel goods were part of a failed trade war strategy. As we have learned during the past couple years, trade wars are not ‘good and easy to win’ and, in fact, such tariffs are hurtful to American consumers, American workers, and American business."

AAFA has been a vocal advocate for the removal of the Section 301 tariffs and the ongoing supply chain crisis, including a recent letter to Ambassador Tai calling for tariff exemptions to help American companies.