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Ahead of USTR Confirmation Vote in Senate Finance Committee, AFT Calls for the Immediate Review and Reinstatement of Section 301 Product Exclusions

WASHINGTON, D.C., (March 3, 2021) — Today, Americans for Free Trade spokesperson Jonathan Gold released the following statement ahead of Katherine Tai’s USTR confirmation vote in the Senate Finance Committee, calling for the immediate review and reinstatement of Section 301 product exclusions. 

“Americans for Free Trade looks forward to working with Ambassador-Designate Tai to use every tool possible to help American businesses, manufacturers, and farmers who have been suffering from the tariffs and trade war with China. To achieve that goal, we urge Ambassador-Designate Tai to immediately conduct a full review of and reinstate the Section 301 product exclusions upon being confirmed. It is critical that the product exclusion process be administered in a fair and transparent manner, yet the process that expired last year was deeply flawed and created significant burdens for companies seeking exclusions. Section 301 exclusions provide critical economic benefits, particularly amid the current economic downturn, and must be reinstated immediately. American businesses cannot afford to wait any longer for action to be taken, and we urge Ambassador-Designate Tai to embrace President Biden’s “Build Back Better” strategy by acting swiftly to help relieve the economic hardship so many American businesses are facing.”

AFT Sends Letter to Senate Finance Committee Leadership in Support of USTR Nominee Katherine Tai, Urges Quick Confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C., (February, 24, 2021) — Today, Americans for Free Trade, a broad coalition of American businesses, trade organizations, and workers united against tariffs sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and Ranking Member Mike Crapo urging a quick confirmation of United States Trade Representative nominee Katherine Tai. 

“Ms. Tai is eminently qualified to craft a comprehensive, thoughtful, and strategic approach to U.S. trade policy that helps fuel a successful economic recovery for American families, workers, and businesses,” Americans for Free Trade wrote. “We urge the Senate Finance Committee to advance Ms. Tai’s nomination expeditiously, and we urge the full Senate to vote on her confirmation without delay.”

Throughout the letter, Americans for Free Trade highlighted how Americans are facing unprecedented difficulty due to COVID-19 and outlined how certainty can be provided by collaborating with our trading partners and allies instead of retaliating against them. 

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

February 24, 2021
 

The Honorable Ron Wyden
Chairman
Senate Committee on Finance
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Mike Crapo
Ranking Member   
Senate Committee on Finance
Washington, DC 20510     
 

Dear Chairman Wyden and Ranking Member Crapo,

The Americans for Free Trade coalition, a broad alliance of American businesses, trade organizations and workers united against tariffs, respectfully writes in support of the nomination of Katherine Tai to become the next U.S. Trade Representative. We applaud the scheduling of Ms. Tai’s nomination hearing, to take place on February 25, and we urge her quick confirmation by the Senate.

Ms. Tai and the Biden Administration have promised a “worker-centric trade policy.” Our coalition proudly represents every part of the U.S. economy including manufacturing, farming and agribusinesses, retail, technology, services, natural gas and oil, importers, exporters, and other supply chain stakeholders. Collectively, we support tens of millions of American jobs through our vast supply chains. 

American families, workers, and businesses face unprecedented difficulty and uncertainty from the ongoing economic harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As American businesses try to implement and sustain a full and successful recovery, they need as much certainty as possible. That certainty can be provided in many 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 American workers who rely on export markets around the world.

Further, ensuring the United States has a cohesive and strategic policy to take on China’s unfair trading practices – but does not cause collateral damage to American families, workers, and businesses – is vital to easing existing financial pain and providing certainty that can help fuel a successful recovery. Over the last several years, American businesses and families have been assessed more than $85 billion in additional tariffs. Tariffs are taxes, and they have resulted in less money in the pockets of American familie, a slowdown in U.S. manufacturing, and decreased competitiveness for American businesses vis-à-vis their counterparts in Europe and Asia.

However, the development of a comprehensive China strategy, the opening of markets to U.S. goods and services, the enforcement of U.S. trade agreements, and a meaningful review of the negative impact tariffs have had on American families, workers, and businesses – all of which will help provide certainty and support a successful U.S. economic recovery – cannot happen without a confirmed U.S. Trade Representative in place.

Ms. Tai is eminently qualified to craft a comprehensive, thoughtful, and strategic approach to U.S. trade policy that helps fuel a successful economic recovery for American families, workers, and businesses. We urge the Senate Finance Committee to advance Ms. Tai’s nomination expeditiously, and we urge the full Senate to vote on her confirmation without delay. 

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 Coatings Association, Inc. (ACA)

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 Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers

Auto Care Association

Beer Institute

BSA | The Software Alliance

California Retailers Association

Can Manufacturers Institute

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

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 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

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

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

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)CC: Senate Finance Committee Members

It’s time for the Biden Administration to repeal tariffs

The trade war with China is continuing to have a negative impact on American businesses, consumers, and manufacturers. According to data from Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, American taxpayers have paid over $68 billion since the beginning of the trade war. 

The Biden Administration is reportedly assessing the trade war with China and the Phase One Trade Deal that was put forth by the Trump administration. According to Axios, the trade war has been a failure in every possible way. 

“The trade war with China hurt the US economy and failed to achieve major policy goals,” a recent study commissioned by the U.S.-China Business Council argues, finding that the trade war reduced economic growth and cost the U.S. 245,000 jobs.”

Bill Gerhard, who is the president of the Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council, echoed this sentiment in Business Insider and outlined the negative impact that tariffs and the trade war are having on American businesses and consumers:

“Americans are struggling, and the longer Trump’s tariffs remain, the worse the situation will get. President Biden has made it clear he wants to help American families navigate this crisis, and one of the most important ways we can work toward that goal is by eliminating the residual tariffs and bringing this trade war to a close.”

Other Democratic leaders agree. Bob Ziegelbauer, the county executive of Manitowoc County and a former Wisconsin Democratic state lawmaker wrote in the Wisconsin State Journal that President Biden “would be wise to begin his time in the White House by repealing tariffs and ending the trade war to put America’s economy on a stronger path to recovery.”

Leaders in Washington must prioritize ending the trade war with China as soon as possible so American businesses and workers can focus their attention on recovery efforts instead.

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

Americans for Free Trade Calls on New Congress to Resolve Harmful Trade Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C., (January, 29, 2021) — Today, Americans for Free Trade sent a letter to the 117th Congress urging lawmakers to resolve ongoing trade disputes and extend section 301 tariff exclusions. 

Over 165 trade associations signed the letter, calling on members of Congress to take immediate action to eliminate harmful trade practices and provide relief to struggling Americans.

“As the 117th Congress considers bold new measures to address the ongoing public health and economic crises, we urge Members 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,” Americans for Free Trade wrote. “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.

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

January 29, 2021

Dear Members of the 117th Congress,

Congratulations on becoming a Member of the 117th Congress. We appreciate your dedication to public service and your willingness to make a difference in the lives of everyday Americans.

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, including many of your constituents, through our vast supply chains.

The 117th Congress is beginning during a period of unprecedented difficulty and uncertainty for American families and American businesses. 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, especially during a resurgence of cases and new restrictions on business operations, they need as much certainty as possible. That certainty can be provided in a number of 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 up 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 $85 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.

As the 117th Congress considers bold new measures to address the ongoing public health and economic crises, we urge Members 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 a request to the independent, bipartisan U.S. International Trade Commission to conduct 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 the appropriate committees of jurisdiction to examine the effectiveness of the tariffs and the section 301 product exclusion process administered by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

As the 117th Congress conducts these important oversight activities, we also ask that Members urge USTR 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 process to ensure it is administered in a fair, transparent, and predictable manner;
  • Automatically extend all section 301 product exclusions for COVID response items so that American families and businesses can get the personal protective equipment, cleaning equipment, and manufacturing inputs they need to respond to the ongoing public health emergency;
  • Resolve ongoing trade disputes through targeted actions and concerted bilateral engagement that reduces trade barriers and opens markets for American exporters – not one that imposes additional burdens on American businesses, American workers, and American families through tariffs and closes 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.

If you have any questions about the AFT coalition, please visit our website at www.americansforfreetrade.com or email us at info@americansforfreetrade.com.

AFT to Biden Administration: ‘Time to End Trade War, Bring Relief to American Businesses and Manufacturers’

WASHINGTON, D.C., (January 20, 2021) — Today, Americans for Free Trade spokesperson Jonathan Gold released the following statement after President Joe Biden’s Inauguration that welcomes the opportunity to work with the Biden administration to end the ongoing trade war with China.

“Americans for Free Trade congratulates President Biden on his inauguration and looks forward to working with him and his administration to help the millions of American businesses, workers, farmers, and manufacturers who have been struggling because of the trade war with China. The next four years offer new opportunities for relief and economic prosperity. President Biden’s administration can make a significant first step in recovery efforts by lifting the tariffs and reforming previous trade policies that further harm businesses and consumers. Our coalition stands ready to assist in this effort and relieve Americans who have already paid billions of dollars in tariffs.”

AFT Statement on Nomination of Katherine Tai To Serve as United States Trade Representative

WASHINGTON, D.C., (December 10, 2020) — Today, Americans for Free Trade spokesperson Jonathan Gold released the following statement on the nomination of Katherine Tai to serve as United States Trade Representative (USTR). 

“President-elect Biden campaigned on the promise of investing in American businesses and manufacturing to help rebuild our country, and the new United States Trade Representative (USTR) will play a critical role in achieving those goals. After suffering for years due to a costly trade war created by President Trump, the tens of millions American businesses and workers whose jobs are directly supported by trade are depending on the USTR to take aggressive steps to end the trade war and tariffs.  As someone who has worked closely on these issues for years both in the Office of the USTR and in Congress, Ms. Tai is undoubtedly aware of the devastating impact that tariffs have had on American businesses and workers. Americans for Free Trade looks forward to working with Ms. Tai, once confirmed, to help rebuild our economy by lifting the tariffs and putting in place trade policies that provide immediate relief to Americans.”

Americans for Free Trade Expresses Strong Support for H.R. 7665 and S. 4497

WASHINGTON, D.C., (December 10, 2020) — Yesterday, Americans for Free Trade sent two letters to Congressional leaders in support of legislation that would help American businesses recover from the impact that tariffs are having in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The first letter was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, expressing both strong support for and quick passage of H.R. 7665, a bill that would extend product exclusions in effect as of July 16, 2020. The second letter was sent to Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) expressing strong support for S. 4497, a bill that would temporarily suspend all duties on PPE and other products identified by the U.S. International Trade Commission as needed for the COVID-19 response.

In the letter to House Leadership, Americans for Free Trade cited the need to lift financial burdens on American companies.

“As businesses around the country try to recover from the ongoing economic harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as we witness a resurgence of cases and new restrictions on business operations, they need as much certainty as possible to ensure a full and successful recovery,” wrote Americans for Free Trade. “Raising tariffs – which are taxes paid by American businesses and consumers – on January 1, 2021 will cause greater uncertainty, impose greater financial burdens on struggling American businesses and have a negative impact on a U.S. economic recovery.”

Americans for Free Trade signed the letter sent to Senators Toomey and Hassan, outlining the crucial role that U.S. companies are playing in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“American businesses are playing a significant role in creating, transporting, supplying, and selling essential products for America’s COVID-19 response. But at a time when critical medical equipment, PPE, and other health, cleaning, and safety products are scarce, tariffs create barriers that make these essential products more expensive and more difficult to source,” Americans for Free Trade continued.

The full text of the letter to House leadership may be found here. The full text of the letter to Senators Toomey and Hassan may be found here.

Americans for Free Trade and Farmers for Free Trade Encourage President-elect Biden to Review, Remove U.S. Trade Restrictions

WASHINGTON, D.C., (December 7, 2020) — Today, Americans for Free Trade and Farmers for Free Trade sent a joint letter to President-elect Biden and his transition team that encourages the review and removal of current trade policies that are negatively impacting the American economy, particularly as it works to sustain a recovery from COVID-19.

Over 150 trade associations and companies signed the letter, highlighting for President-elect Biden how tariffs have cost American businesses, manufacturers, farmers, and consumers over $68 billion.

“We all agree that our trading partners must live up to their commitments. However, the current Section 301 China tariffs and Section 232 steel/aluminum tariffs have been a blunt instrument, imposing undue costs on U.S. employers and families,” wrote Americans for Free Trade and Farmers for Free Trade. “Tariffs have increased costs for U.S. manufacturers, who rely on imported inputs and components for production at home, and for importers, whose businesses rely on finished consumer goods.  U.S. farmers and agribusiness have been the subject of retaliatory actions and have thus seen sales and exports evaporate. And U.S. consumers and working families have borne increased costs for household items they rely on every day. 

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

December 7, 2020
President-Elect Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr.
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 2023

Dear President Elect Biden,

On behalf of Americans for Free Trade and Farmers for Free Trade, we congratulate you on your election as the next President of the United States. As you have discussed, the first 100 days of your presidency will focus on battling COVID-19 and ensuring continued economic recovery from the ongoing pandemic. U.S. businesses stand ready to work with you on achieving these critical goals. 

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, powersports manufacturers, importers, exporters, and other supply chain stakeholders. Collectively, we support tens of millions of American jobs through our vast supply chains. 

As you and your team develop your plan, we strongly encourage the early review of how current U.S. trade policy and actions are adversely impacting our economy, particularly as it works to sustain a recovery from COVID-19. As a result of the current trade war against China and our other trading partners, U.S. businesses and consumers have paid over $68 billion in tariffs, which are taxes. Other countries do not pay these tariffs.

We all agree that our trading partners must live up to their commitments. However, the current Section 301 China tariffs and Section 232 steel/aluminum tariffs have been a blunt instrument, imposing undue costs on U.S. employers and families. Similarly, the US-EU large civil aircraft dispute at the WTO is ripe for a negotiated settlement that eliminates tariffs on both sides. Tariffs have increased costs for U.S. manufacturers, who rely on imported inputs and components for production at home, and for importers, whose businesses rely on finished consumer goods.  U.S. farmers and agribusiness have been the subject of retaliatory actions and have thus seen sales and exports evaporate. And U.S. consumers and working families have borne increased costs for household items they rely on every day. 

As the United States grapples with a raging pandemic, it should not have to bear these increased costs and economic harm any further. The tariffs continue to hamper pandemic response and recovery efforts and limit the ability of U.S. companies to invest in their businesses and people.

The future of our trade policy must not be a go it alone approach. We must work with our allies to address the systemic issues with China, which was the stated reason why the trade war was launched. Our allies will only support our efforts to address China’s unfair trading practices if we resolve ongoing disputes and remove those tariffs. In the medium-term, developing new ways to ensure a level playing in our trade and economic relationship with China is critical. But, the China challenge will not be resolved in a short period of time and in the meantime U.S. businesses are bearing a multi-billion dollar burden paying over $68 billion to date in tariffs as a result of the trade war. Finding a way to remove the tariffs while creating an effective new, multilaterally-supported approach to China trade issues would provide an immediate economic boost to U.S. companies, especially small and medium sized companies

We look forward to working with you and your transition team as you develop your first 100 days strategy and a future trade strategy.

Sincerely,

Accessories Council
ACT | The App Association 
Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC)
ALTI – Audio and Loudspeaker Technologies International
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 of American Publishers
Association For Creative Industries
Association for PRINT Technologies
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) 
Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
Auto Care Association
Beer Institute
BSA | The Software Alliance
California Retailers Association
Can Manufacturers Institute
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 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 
Flexible Packaging Association
Florida Ports Council
Florida Retail Federation
Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA)
Fragrance Creators Association
Game Manufacturers 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
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 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 American Meat Institute
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)
RV Industry Association
San Diego Customs Brokers and Forwarders Assn.
SEMI
Snowsports Industries America
Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates
Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
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
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 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.”

AFT Urges President-Elect Biden to Commit to Lifting the Tariffs and Ending Trade War

WASHINGTON, D.C., (November 12, 2020) — Today, Americans for Free Trade spokesperson Jonathan Gold released the following statement urging President-elect Biden to commit to repealing the trade war tariffs that continue to harm U.S. businesses.

“With the 2020 presidential election behind us, we strongly encourage President-elect Biden and his transition team to commit to lifting the tariffs and ending the trade war with China. The current tariffs on China continue to hurt U.S. businesses, manufacturers and exporters who are trying to recover from the continuing economic harm from the pandemic. The additional costs of the tariffs continue to impact those efforts. We urge President-elect Biden to stand with American businesses and workers and make repealing the tariffs one of his top priorities during his first 30 days in office. American businesses, manufacturers, exporters and farmers who have paid billions of dollars in tariffs to the federal government continue to struggle amid the economic crisis. As President-elect Biden works to help the economy recover, he must make ending the trade war a top priority.”