The U.S. trade war with China has seen the implementation of higher tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars on goods produced in both counties. If ongoing talks between the nations fail to achieve a breakthrough, the United States is again set to increase tariffs. Below are public comments from business owners across the United States on how these tariffs would harm them. To view a full report on the impact these tariffs would have, click here.
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“That means that a 25% punitive tariff would force us to raise our prices significantly, making us no longer competitive. Our customers would just stop buying our products. This would not just hurt our business, but could destroy our business, throwing our employees out of work while significantly increasing the retail prices to U.S. consumers for our products. It would destroy small businesses that 99.7 % of the American Economy is built on.”
“Quite simply, imports of beer taps are not relevant to this section 301 dispute, and imposition of tariffs on tap handles under section 301 is not appropriate and will not further USTR’s goals. Moreover, by proposing to impose tariffs on such a large volume of imports into the United States, USTR has ensured that the section 301 tariffs will hurt U.S. businesses, including small-to-medium size businesses such as Taphandles.”
“Ocean Beauty will be negatively affected by denying access to the China domestic market due to tariffs. However, it is the tax on the import of US produced product that has only been further processed in China, that threatens the future profitability of the Alaska salmon business the most. The USA has been an excellent market for our value-added products. We fear they will• now be replaced with fish caught and processed in other countries because it will be a more attractive price point that we can afford due to these new tariffs. Your immediate attention to this matter and granting hardship reprieve from these tariffs is both critical and essential. Thousands of jobs in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are awaiting your favorable decision.”
“We are concerned that the tariffs will threaten our existence as a small business, raise consumer prices and eliminate product selection and sales. These tariffs will harm our business, hinder the business of our customers and negatively impact the American consumer.”
“In summary, there is no equivalent US manufacturer of ship-to-shore cranes and there are few alternatives to Chinese manufacturers globally. The tariffs will result in unnecessary expenditures of additional public funds by port authorities nationwide. Every additional dollar we spend in tariffs diminishes the amount of funding we can direct to other needed infrastructure improvements. The tariffs would affect the competitive position of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma and could cause economic harm to our region and nation.”
These are Public Comments on the Office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) Notice: Proposed Modification of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation.
Exemptions Disclaimer: Due to the threat posed to their businesses, many companies have applied for exemptions from tariffs. Because of the variable nature of the exemption process, some companies listed below may have received exclusions. As of 1/24/19, the companies included were not listed as “exclusion granted” in the official phase 1 or phase 2 dockets, nor had exemptions reported through public media outlets, such as Element Electronics.
It is our principle that government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers by selecting certain products to be exempt from tariffs.