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AFT Statement Ahead of Ambassador Tai, Representative DelBene Roundtables on Trade Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C., (August 5, 2021) — Today, Americans for Free Trade spokesperson Jonathan Gold released the following statement ahead of the Washington state trade policy roundtables in which United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai and Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA-1) are participating.

“Americans for Free Trade would like to thank Congresswoman DelBene for her leadership and efforts to provide worker-centric trade policies alongside Ambassador Tai and the Biden administration. In order for American businesses, workers, farmers, and manufacturers to reach their full potential, however, Congress must work with the administration to lift the harmful tariffs that remain in place and end the trade war with China. Americans have paid over $90 billion in tariffs since the trade war began, including $2.3 billion in Washington state alone. Lifting the tariffs is a commonsense solution that will boost the economy and truly allow a worker-centric trade agenda to thrive.”

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ICYMI: Tariffs continue to harm the U.S. economy

The trade war with China is continuing to devastate the U.S. economy. According to data from Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the trade war has cost Americans over $94 billion, including nearly $12 billion in the first four months of 2021.

Businesses, consumers, manufacturers, and workers are seeing the impact of the trade war firsthand. In fact, data from Moody’s Investor Services shows that, “American businesses are bearing most of the cost burden from the elevated tariffs imposed at the height of the U.S.-China trade war.” 

This is troublesome and will pressure U.S. retailers to pass costs on to consumers. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen agrees that the trade war is harmful and that tariffs are problemsome to consumers, telling the New York Times:

“Tariffs are taxes on consumers. In some cases it seems to me what we did hurt American consumers, and the type of deal that the prior administration negotiated really didn’t address in many ways the fundamental problems we have with China.”

It’s not just consumers who are struggling. Lynn Holmes, who is the former Chairman of the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, recently wrote in the Washington Times that President Biden and his administration can help workers who have been struggling by ending the trade war.

“Tariffs are not worker-friendly. They are damaging taxes that are headwinds to realizing our full economic potential as we emerge from the pitfalls of the past year. To truly achieve worker-centric trade policies, the Biden administration needs to end the trade war and provide businesses with the tariff reprieve they’ve been asking for over the past three years.”

Economic experts have echoed this notion. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), has advised President Biden to end the tariffs, writing:

“The [Biden] administration has underscored the need for a ‘worker-centric’ trade agenda that ensures that global trade benefits Americans as workers and wage-earners, not just as consumers. In pursuing these objectives, a removal of the obstacles to free trade would help support U.S. workers and create more and better U.S. jobs…”If you are interested in speaking with someone about the trade war and its negative impact on Americans, please contact press@americansforfreetrade.com.

AFT Calls on Speaker Pelosi, Leader McCarthy to Support Key Elements of Trade Act of 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., (June 30, 2021) —  Americans for Free Trade, a broad coalition of American businesses, trade organizations, and workers united against tariffs today sent a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy expressing strong support for elements of the Trade Act of 2021 that were included in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260) that recently passed the Senate. 

Over 170 trade associations signed the letter to Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy.

“As companies in the U.S. continue to recover from the global pandemic, we continue to call upon the administration to resolve the ongoing trade war with China,” Americans for Free Trade wrote. “To date, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has collected over $92 billion dollars in tariffs from U.S. companies who import products from China. These taxes increase the cost of doing business in the United States and risk exacerbating increasing concerns regarding inflation.”

The full text of the letter may be found here and below.

June 30, 2021

RE: House Action on USICA, Section 301 Product Exclusions Process

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy,

On behalf of the undersigned members of Americans for Free Trade, we are writing to express strong support for elements of the Trade Act of 2021 that were included in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260) recently passed by the Senate. As the House considers how to proceed on USICA, we believe it is critical that the House join the Senate in passing legislation that includes the Trade Act of 2021, especially Section 73001, to reinvigorate the exclusion process administered by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for products subject to additional tariffs under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.

By way of background, Americans for Free Trade represents every part of the U.S. economy including manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, retailers, technology companies, service suppliers, natural gas and oil companies, importers, exporters, and other supply chain stakeholders. Collectively, we employ tens of millions of Americans through our vast supply chains.

As companies in the U.S. continue to recover from the global pandemic, we continue to call upon the administration to resolve the ongoing trade war with China. To date, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has collected over $92 billion dollars in tariffs from U.S. companies who import products from China. These taxes increase the cost of doing business in the United States and risk exacerbating increasing concerns regarding inflation. They are a financial burden on U.S businesses – negatively impacting their ability to invest in their companies, hire more American workers, and remain competitive globally.

While we continue calling for an end to the trade war and elimination of the additional tariffs on U.S. companies as well as China’s retaliatory tariffs, we believe reinstituting the section 301 exclusion process is critical to helping U.S. businesses. According to a recent Moody’s Investor Service Report, the tariffs “hit American businesses and consumers hardest,” with China absorbing only 7.6 percent of the tariffs “while the rest of the tab was picked up by Americans.”

Section 73001 of USICA would alleviate the economic burden on American businesses and consumers by immediately reinstating product exclusions that expired throughout 2020 – in the middle of the pandemic and economic recession – through December 31, 2022. It would also require USTR to implement a new product exclusion process and outlines specific criteria for USTR to consider in determining whether to grant an exclusion. Under these criteria, the exclusion process will function in a fair, consistent, and transparent manner and ensure that American businesses do not suffer disproportionate economic harm as a result of the tariffs.

USTR has thus far failed to act unilaterally – as Section 301 authorizes it to do – to reinstate expired product exclusions or reinvigorate the product exclusion process, it is essential the Congress act. Further, it appears that USTR may wait until its ongoing China trade policy review concludes before taking up this issue at all. That means that businesses in urgent need of relief right now will not get it for months. For these reasons, we urge the House to include the Trade Act of 2021 and especially Section 73001, with technical corrections as needed, in any appropriate upcoming legislative vehicles.

We look forward to working with Congress and the Administration to address the ongoing negative impact of the tariffs on American businesses, American workers, and American consumers by fully lifting the Section 301 tariffs. In the interim, reinstituting a fair and transparent exclusion process in the interim will provide a targeted relief mechanism that will help U.S. businesses recover from the economic recession and continue to invest in their businesses and workers here at home.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Americans for Free Trade

AFT Statement in Response to USTR Katherine Tai’s Remarks Before the AFL-CIO

WASHINGTON, D.C., (June 10, 2021) — Today, Americans for Free Trade spokesperson Jonathan Gold released the following statement in response to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai’s remarks before the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) calling for workers to be a part of trade negotiations.

“We agree with and applaud the efforts of both President Biden and Ambassador Tai to create a worker-centric trade policy. However, a key element of re-examining past trade policy will be to take into consideration the negative impact of tariffs on jobs, investment, and the American worker. For example, current tariffs on imports from China only continue to deter companies from investing, hiring, and benefitting workers in the United States. American businesses and workers have already paid over $86 billion in tariffs. In order to truly accomplish a trade policy that benefits workers, the tariffs must be eliminated as soon as possible.”

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AFT Submits Statement For The Record on President Biden’s 2021 Trade Policy Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C., (May 27, 2021) — Americans for Free Trade, a broad coalition of American businesses, trade organizations, and workers united against tariffs yesterday sent a statement for the record regarding the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee’s 2021 Trade Policy Agenda hearings to Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID), Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA-1), and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX-8).

“As the Administration and Congress continue focusing on the U.S. economic recovery from the pandemic, a strategic trade agenda is a key element in ensuring this recovery succeeds,” Americans for Free Trade wrote. “We appreciate that several members of the Committees inquired about the status of USTR’s China review during the hearings. The China review is of critical importance and must be a top priority for the Administration. The tariffs continue to cause economic harm to businesses both small and large across the country, as well as to American consumers and workers who bear the downstream impacts of these tariffs.”

The full text of the letter may be found here and below.

Dear Chairman Wyden, Ranking Member Crapo, Chairman Neal, and Ranking Member Brady,

The Americans for Free Trade coalition, a broad alliance of American businesses, trade organizations, and workers united against tariffs, respectfully submits this written statement to include in the public record of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee’s 2021 Trade Policy Agenda hearings, which took place on May 12 and 13, respectfully. We appreciate the Committees holding hearings on this important matter.

By way of background, Americans for Free Trade represents every part of the U.S. economy including manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, retailers, technology companies, service suppliers, natural gas and oil companies, importers, exporters, and other supply chain stakeholders. Collectively, we employ tens of millions of Americans through our vast supply chains.

As the Administration and Congress continue focusing on the U.S. economic recovery from the pandemic, a strategic trade agenda is a key element in ensuring this recovery succeeds. A robust economic recovery requires the U.S. to create and expand import and export opportunities for American businesses to reach new markets, create jobs here at home, and compete globally. It also requires the U.S. to craft a defined China policy that addresses unfair trading practices but removes ill-conceived tariffs that continue to harm all American businesses whether they are importing inputs to manufacture products domestically or finished goods. To date the U.S. has collected over $87 billion in tariffs, which are taxes paid by U.S. importers. In other words, these tariffs are paid by Americans, not China. They have caused significant financial hardship for U.S. businesses, the millions of workers they employ, and the millions of American consumers they serve. At the same time, they have failed to effectively address China’s unfair trading practices.

We appreciate that several members of the Committees inquired about the status of USTR’s China review during the hearings. The China review is of critical importance and must be a top priority for the Administration. The tariffs continue to cause economic harm to businesses both small and large across the country, as well as to American consumers and workers who bear the downstream impacts of these tariffs. In fact, Moody’s Investor Services just released a new report finding that the tariffs “hit American businesses and consumers hardest,” with China absorbing only 7.6 percent of the tariffs “while the rest of the tab was picked up by Americans.” Any delay in reviewing the China trade policy means delaying relief to these Americans – the same Americans whom Congress worked so hard to support in multiple major pieces of pandemic legislation.

We also appreciate that the Administration plans to review the section 301 tariffs on products from China as part of its “top-to-bottom” review and applaud it for wanting to take a thoughtful and deliberate approach. It is critical that this review begin immediately and identify a clear timeline for the review’s completion. This review must also include a determination as to whether the tariffs are achieving the stated objective of changing China’s policies and behavior and whether they provide any actual leverage in negotiations.

Unfortunately, the tariffs continue to cause economic harm to businesses both small and large across the country, as well as to American consumers and workers who bear the downstream impacts of these tariffs. Any delay in reviewing the China trade policy means delaying relief to these Americans – the same Americans whom Congress worked so hard to support in multiple major pieces of pandemic legislation. Time is of the essence.

This is why we support the Administration launching a new product exclusion process sooner rather than later. We are therefore deeply concerned that the Administration will not decide on whether to resume the exclusions process until it completes its overall China review. Reinstatement of a product exclusion process to provide targeted relief to Americans can happen while this review is ongoing. We strongly encourage the Committees to urge the Administration to immediately reinstate a product exclusion process and to reinstate all product exclusions that expired in 2020.

Furthermore, the previous section 301 product exclusion process had significant flaws, and we agree it needs improvement. We also appreciate that the Administration is interested in stakeholder feedback to better understand the shortcomings of the previous process. However, we are concerned that during the hearing, the Administration offered no timeline regarding when this stakeholder engagement might take place or when the broader review might be concluded. We support the Administration reaching out to stakeholders to solicit feedback on the exclusions process, and such stakeholder engagement should include American companies impacted by the tariffs. However, ample feedback has been provided to the Administration over the last several years identifying transparency, consistency, and fairness issues with the previous process, and we believe this outreach should not delay instituting a targeted process for providing relief to American businesses.

As the Administration and Congress continue to focus on the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, lifting the section 301 tariffs on products from China is a simple, straightforward way to provide an economic boost to American families, American workers, and American businesses and to help ensure a successful economic recovery. It is also an important step to repairing relationships with U.S. trading partners and allies and restoring our standing on the world stage.

We appreciate the Committees’ continued engagement on these important issues and urge it to continue weighing in with the Administration to ensure that destructive tariffs are lifted, and that a new and more effective approach to addressing China’s unfair trading practices is adopted. We thank the Committees for holding these hearings and look forward to working with you on these important issues.
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AFT Urges Senate Finance, House Ways and Means Committees To Press Ambassador Tai to Remove Tariffs Ahead of USTR Hearing on Trade Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C., (May 11, 2021) — Ahead of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s appearance before the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee, Americans for Free Trade today sent a letter to Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID), Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA-1) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX-8) that reiterates the need for Congress to work with the Biden administration to remove tariffs in order to revitalize the economy and urges the Committees to use the upcoming USTR hearing as an opportunity to gain insight into the Administration’s plans to address the U.S.-China relationship.

“As the Administration continues focusing on the U.S. economic recovery from the pandemic, a strategic trade agenda is a key element in ensuring this recovery succeeds. A robust economic recovery requires the U.S. to create and expand import and export opportunities for American businesses to reach new markets, create jobs here at home, and compete globally,” Americans for Free Trade wrote. “It also requires the U.S. to craft a defined China policy that addresses unfair trading practices but removes ill-conceived tariffs that continue to harm all American businesses whether they are importing inputs to manufacture products domestically or finished goods.”

Removing the tariffs that American businesses, workers, and consumers pay and closely reviewing our trade policy with China must be top priorities for Ambassador Tai. The trade war with China has cost taxpayers over $80 billion and caused over 200,000 jobs to be lost.

The full letter can be found here and below.

May 11, 2021

Dear Chairman Wyden, Ranking Member Crapo, Chairman Neal, and Ranking Member Brady,

On behalf of the Americans for Free Trade coalition, thank you for holding hearings on the President’s 2021 Trade Policy Agenda. We believe this is a critical time for Congress to hear from the Administration on this important topic.  

By way of background, Americans for Free Trade represents every part of the U.S. economy including manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, retailers, technology companies, service suppliers, natural gas and oil companies, importers, exporters, and other supply chain stakeholders.  Collectively, we employ tens of millions of Americans, including many of your constituents, through our vast supply chains.  

As the Administration continues focusing on the U.S. economic recovery from the pandemic, a strategic trade agenda is a key element in ensuring this recovery succeeds. A robust economic recovery requires the U.S. to create and expand import and export opportunities for American businesses to reach new markets, create jobs here at home, and compete globally. It also requires the U.S. to craft a defined China policy that addresses unfair trading practices but removes ill-conceived tariffs that continue to harm all American businesses whether they are importing inputs to manufacture products domestically or finished goods. To date the U.S. has collected over $87 billion in tariffs, which are taxes paid by U.S. importers. In other words, these tariffs are paid by Americans, not China. They have caused significant financial hardship for U.S. businesses, the millions of workers they employ, and the millions of American consumers they serve. At the same time, they have failed to effectively address China’s unfair trading practices.  

Our coalition was deeply concerned to learn at a recent Senate Appropriations Committee hearing that USTR has not even started its review of the China trade policy. We believe this review should be a top priority for USTR. The tariffs continue to cause economic harm to businesses both small and large across the country, as well as to American consumers and workers who bear the downstream impacts of these tariffs. Any delay in reviewing the China trade policy means delaying relief to these Americans – the same Americans whom Congress worked so hard to support in multiple major pieces of pandemic legislation.  

It is therefore critical that USTR begin its China trade policy review immediately. This review must also include a determination as to whether the tariffs have had the desired impact to change policy in China and whether they provide any actual leverage in negotiations. Further, it is critical that USTR immediately reinstate a product exclusions process to provide targeted relief to Americans while this review is ongoing.  

As the committees consider questions for Ambassador Tai in this week’s hearings, we recommend the following questions be posed to gain insight into the Administration’s plans for tackling our trade relationship with China:  

1. Will you commit to beginning a full China trade policy review by the end of May? How long do you anticipate such a review to take? Will you commit that this review includes an assessment of the economic impact of the Section 301 tariffs and China’s retaliatory tariffs?  

2. Will you commit to launching a new China Section 301 product exclusion process by the end of May to provide targeted relief while the broader China trade policy review takes place? Will this process include reinstatement of exclusions that expired in 2020?  

3. How are the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China creating “leverage” when the U.S.  trade deficit with China has only increased since the imposition of the tariffs in 2018-2019. 

4. Why is keeping the China market closed to American exports – due to its retaliatory tariffs – in the U.S. national interest? Can you explain how American exporters will gain back market share in the massive China market now that it has been lost to their competitors abroad? What will the Administration do to support these exporters and how will it open new markets for their exports if the China market remains closed?  

5. The negative impact of the tariffs on American businesses, farmers and service suppliers is well documented. Can you commit to lifting the tariffs to help U.S. employers continue their economic recovery and grow U.S. jobs and make us more competitive?  

6. Will you commit to not favoring American workers in one U.S. industry over another U.S.  industry and helping import-reliant workers and companies if the tariffs stay in place? Do you believe that Trade Adjustment Assistance should be expanded to allow workers who lost their jobs due to U.S. additional tariffs under Section 301, Section 232, and Section 201 to retrain, reskill, and be rehired?  

7. You have previously indicated that there are a “whole slew of policy tools,” beyond tariffs that can be deployed with respect to the U.S.-China trade relationship. What other tools beyond tariffs are you exploring? Are there any authorities you are lacking that would help you deploy these other tools?  

We appreciate your consideration of these questions and look forward to working with Congress and the Administration on this important issue.

Sincerely,  

Americans for Free Trade 

Ending the trade war must be a priority for the Biden Administration

The trade war with China continues to have a negative impact on American businesses, consumers, farmers, and workers. Taxpayers have paid over $80 billion since the start of the trade war in 2018 and over 240,000 jobs have been lost. In addition, the U.S. trade deficit just hit a record high.

As CNN outlined, there is currently a tariff on the majority of the goods being shipped from China into the United States: 

“Former President Donald Trump started a controversial trade war with China three years ago, putting tariffs on roughly $350 billion of Chinese-made goods — and despite the change in administration, those duties remain in place.”

President Biden and United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai have an opportunity to relieve Americans who have been struggling by lifting the tariffs and ending the trade war. 

Rick Miranda, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, recently wrote in Crain’s New York Business that the Biden Administration and leadership in the Office of the USTR must work together with Congressional leaders to prioritize repealing tariffs and ending the harmful trade war with China:

“If the Biden administration wants to send a message to the tens of millions of Americans who rely heavily on trade, it should lift the Trump-era tariffs immediately.”

Small businesses that rely on trade are calling for the removal of tariffs as well. Randy Morgan, who owns Outpost Sunsport in Fort Collins, Colorado, wrote in RealClearMarkets:

“For businesses of all sizes, surviving the pandemic is unfortunately not the only hurdle they face. Global supply chains have been backed up for months, and governmental barriers, especially tariffs, continue to inflate the cost of doing business.”

Sally Stutsman, a former member of the Iowa House of Representatives, made a similar point in the Des Moines Register about the importance of providing tariff relief for key industries:

“Iowa and the rest of the nation will be watching closely as the Biden administration shapes its approach to global trade, trusting that the new administration recognizes the burden the trade war with China placed on the country and the people and industries who make our economy work.”

If you are interested in speaking with someone about the trade war and its negative impact on Americans, please contact press@americansforfreetrade.com.

AFT Statement in Response to USTR Katherine Tai’s Comments in Support of Keeping Tariffs in Place

WASHINGTON, D.C., (March 29, 2021) — Today, Americans for Free Trade (AFT) spokesperson Jonathan Gold released the following statement in response to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s comments in the Wall Street Journal in support of keeping tariffs in place. 

“Ambassador Tai correctly noted in her Wall Street Journal interview that tariffs can take a toll on U.S. businesses and consumers, which is exactly why the Biden Administration must lift them immediately. Ending the trade war would provide immediate relief to American companies, manufacturers, and farmers who have struggled to stay afloat due to the economic downturn and costly and unnecessary tariffs they pay directly to the U.S. government. Lifting the tariffs would not harm the economy or impact American companies’ ability to plan, in fact it would do the opposite by providing certainty and a much-needed economic boost to American businesses and families. We encourage Ambassador Tai to end the tariffs as soon as possible to help ensure a successful economic recovery.”

AFT Sends Letter to United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai Encouraging the Removal of Tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C., (March 18, 2021) — Today, Americans for Free Trade (AFT), a broad coalition of American businesses, trade organizations, and workers united against tariffs sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai congratulating her on her historic confirmation and encouraging her to lift the tariffs and provide Americans with economic relief.

“Lifting the additional tariffs is a simple, straightforward way to provide an economic boost to American families, American workers, and American businesses and to help ensure a successful economic recovery,” Americans for Free Trade wrote. “It is also an important step to repairing relationships with U.S. trading partners and allies and restoring our standing on the world stage.”

Over 160 trade associations signed on to the letter. The full text of the letter may be found here and below.

March 18, 2021

The Honorable Katherine Tai

United States Trade Representative

600 Seventeenth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20508
 

Dear Ambassador Tai:

Congratulations on your confirmation as U.S. Trade Representative. We appreciate your dedication to public service and look forward to working with you on a worker-centric trade policy that benefits American workers, families, and businesses.

Our companies and associations joined together to form Americans for Free Trade in 2018. Our coalition represents every part of the U.S. economy including manufacturers, farmers and agribusinesses, retailers, technology companies, service suppliers, natural gas and oil companies, importers, exporters, and other supply chain stakeholders. Collectively, we employ tens of millions of Americans through our vast supply chains.

American families, workers, and businesses are experiencing a period of unprecedented difficulty and uncertainty. As businesses around the country try to implement and sustain a full and successful recovery from the ongoing economic harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, they need as much certainty as possible. That certainty can be provided in several ways, including by collaborating with our trading partners and allies to address violations of U.S. trade law, and by negotiating trade agreements that open markets for – rather than trigger retaliation against – American exporters and the tens of millions of workers who rely on export markets around the world.

One area that needs immediate attention relates to our tariff policy. Over the last several years, American businesses and families have been assessed more than $90 billion in additional tariffs. These tariffs have resulted in less money in the pockets of American families, a slowdown in U.S. manufacturing, and decreased competitiveness for American businesses vis-à-vis their counterparts in Europe and Asia. Tariffs are taxes. They have created tremendous uncertainty and financial pain for American families, American workers, and American businesses.

We appreciate USTR’s decision to extend for six months product exclusions on medical-care and other products needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was an important first step to providing relief, but more can be done. As your office considers how best to deploy U.S. trade policy tools to address the ongoing public health and economic crises, we urge USTR to examine closely the negative impact that tariffs have caused to American families, American workers, and American businesses over the last several years and consider a thorough study of whether they have met their stated objectives. This should include an economic analysis regarding the impact of the tariffs in key areas, such as American jobs, manufacturing, competitiveness, innovation, and economic growth. In addition, we urge USTR to examine the effectiveness of the tariffs and the section 301 product exclusion process administered over the last several years.

As USTR conducts these important reviews, we also urge you to take the following immediate actions:

  • Reinstate the section 301 product exclusion process, including a retroactive extension for product exclusions that expired during 2020 to provide economic relief and predictability for American businesses, workers, and families;
  • Improve the section 301 product exclusion process to ensure it is administered in a fair, transparent, and predictable manner and then initiate a new product exclusion request opportunity;
  • For all goods that are needed to respond to COVID-19, provide exclusions for the period beginning on the effective date of the initial COVID-19 national emergency declaration and concluding one year after termination of the COVID-19 national emergency; and
  • Resolve ongoing trade disputes through targeted actions and concerted bilateral and multilateral engagement — measures that reduce trade barriers and open markets for American exporters rather than impose additional financial burdens on American families, businesses, and workers through tariffs and close markets when trading partners retaliate.

Lifting the additional tariffs is a simple, straightforward way to provide an economic boost to American families, American workers, and American businesses and to help ensure a successful economic recovery. It is also an important step to repairing relationships with U.S. trading partners and allies and restoring our standing on the world stage.

Again, we congratulate you on your historic confirmation. We would like to request a meeting with you to discuss how we can work with you on a trade policy agenda that tackles the unprecedented challenges facing American families, workers, and businesses.

Sincerely,

Accessories Council

ACT | The App Association

Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC)

ALMA, International (Association of Loudspeaker Manufacturing and Acoustics)

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI)

American Association of Port Authorities

American Bakers Association

American Bridal & Prom Industry Association (ABPIA)

American Chemistry Council

American Down and Feather Council

American Fly Fishing Trade Association

American Home Furnishings Alliance

American Lighting Association

American Petroleum Institute

American Pyrotechnics Association

American Rental Association

American Specialty Toy Retailing Association

American Wind Energy Association

Arizona Technology Council

Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants Association

Association For Creative Industries

Association for PRINT Technologies

Association of American Publishers

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

Auto Care Association

Beer Institute

BSA | The Software Alliance

California Retailers Association

Carolina Loggers Association

Chemical Industry Council of Delaware (CICD)

Coalition of New England Companies for Trade (CONECT)

Coalition of Services Industries (CSI)

Colorado Retail Council

Columbia River Customs Brokers and

Forwarders Assn.

Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

Consumer Brands Association

Consumer Technology Association

Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)

CropLife America

Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Assn. of Washington State

Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders of Northern California

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

Electronic Transactions Association

Experiential Designers and Producers Association

Fashion Accessories Shippers Association (FASA)

Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Trade Association

Flexible Packaging Association

Florida Ports Council

Florida Retail Federation

Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA)

Fragrance Creators Association

Game Manufacturers Association

Gemini Shippers Association

Georgia Retailers

Global Chamber®

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Greeting Card Association

Halloween Industry Association

Home Fashion Products Association

Home Furnishings Association

Household and Commercial Products Association

Idaho Retailers Association

Illinois Retail Merchants Association

Independent Office Products & Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA)

Indiana Retail Council

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)

International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)

International Foodservice Distributors Association

International Housewares Association

International Warehouse and Logistics Association

International Wood Products Association

Internet Association

ISSA – The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association

Jeweler’s Vigilance Committee

Juice Products Association (JPA)

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association

Leather and Hide Council of America

Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association

 Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight

Forwarders Assn.

Louisiana Retailers Association

Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association

Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association

Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

Maryland Retailers Association

Methanol Institute

Michigan Chemistry Council

Michigan Retailers Association

Minnesota Retailers Association

Missouri Retailers Association

Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

Motorcycle Industry Council

NAPIM (National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers)

National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS)

National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)

National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ)

National Association of Home Builders

National Association of Music Merchants

National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers

National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM)

National Confectioners Association

National Council of Chain Restaurants

National Customs Brokers and Freight

Forwarders Association of America

National Fisheries Institute

National Foreign Trade Council

National Grocers Association

National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association

National Marine Manufacturers Association

National Restaurant Association

National Retail Federation

National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association

National Sporting Goods Association

Natural Products Association

New Jersey Retail Merchants Association

North American Association of Uniform

Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD)

North Carolina Retail Merchants Association

Ohio Council of Retail Merchants

Outdoor Industry Association

Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Assns. Inc.

Pennsylvania Retailers’ Association

PeopleforBikes

Personal Care Products Council

Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

Petroleum Equipment & Services Association

Plumbing Manufacturers International

Power Tool Institute (PTI)

Promotional Products Association International

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association

Retail Association of Maine

Retail Council of New York State

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Retailers Association of Massachusetts

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)

San Diego Customs Brokers and Forwarders Assn.

SEMI

Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)

Snowsports Industries America

Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates

Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

South Dakota Retailers Association

Specialty Equipment Market Association

Specialty Vehicle Institute of America

Sports & Fitness Industry Association

TechNet

Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)

Texas Retailers Association

Texas Water Infrastructure Network

The Airforwarders Association

The Fertilizer Institute

The Hardwood Federation

The Toy Association

Travel Goods Association

Truck & Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA)

United States Council for International Business

United States Fashion Industry Association

US Global Value Chain Coalition

US-China Business Council

Vinyl Institute

Virginia Retail Merchants Association

Virginia-DC District Export Council (VA-DC DEC)

Washington Retail Association

Window and Door Manufacturers Association

World Pet Association, Inc. (WPA)

AFT Congratulates Katherine Tai on United States Trade Representative Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C., (March 17, 2021) — Today, Americans for Free Trade (AFT) spokesperson Jonathan Gold released the following statement after Katherine Tai was confirmed as United States Trade Representative.

“On behalf of the entire Americans for Free Trade coalition, we would like to congratulate Katherine Tai on her confirmation as United States Trade Representative. We look forward to working with Ambassador Tai to help the millions of Americans who have been negatively affected by tariffs and the trade war with China. We have full faith that Ambassador Tai will echo President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ strategy and work to provide relief to American businesses, workers, manufacturers, and farmers who have been struggling to stay afloat because of costly tariffs. Americans for Free Trade is ready and willing to assist Ambassador Tai as we help Americans recover from the fallout of the trade war.”