Section 301: USTR China Tariffs

Issue Overview

The Trump Administration is seeking to reduce the U.S. trade imbalance with China and protect America’s intellectual property rights through a series of tariffs on Chinese imports.

NAFEM’s Position

NAFEM maintains these additional tariffs will raise the cost of inputs for members’ products that could impact U.S. jobs, which is directly contrary to the Administration’s stated priority of increasing good-paying U.S. manufacturing jobs. Smart, economically competitive sourcing from global suppliers, including those in China, allows members to control costs, protect and even expand U.S. jobs. We will continue to aggressively participate in the public comment and hearing processes.

NAFEM joins many other organizations in calling for a solution to China’s unfair trade practices that does not include tariffs that ultimately impact hurt American workers and consumers. We also encourage members to reach out to their elected officials to explain how these tariffs affect their businesses. To support this outreach, NAFEM has developed an Advocacy Toolkit.