AFT Statement Regarding Possibility of Added Tariffs on Vietnamese Goods

WASHINGTON, D.C., (November 19, 2020) — Today, Americans for Free Trade spokesperson Jonathan Gold released the following statement regarding the possibility of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer imposing added tariffs on Vietnamese goods.
“Imposing additional tariffs, which are taxes paid directly to the federal government, on American businesses, manufacturers, and consumers would be a big step in the wrong direction – especially as businesses continue to recover from the economic harm caused by the global pandemic. President Trump’s trade war with China forced many U.S. companies to shift their supply chains away from China to countries like Vietnam, and now these manufacturers are being unfairly punished. As we’ve seen with China, imposing tariffs does not work and harms American consumers. We are calling on Ambassador Lighthizer to refrain from imposing new tariffs on Vietnamese goods as a result of the latest Section 301 investigation.”