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Taxes, Tariffs & Trade

Advocating for fair trade practices and equal opportunities.

Taxes, tariffs and trade issues affect all manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment and supplies and their customers. NAFEM helps members by supporting their interests, and those of the industry at large, by communicating the latest information and serving as a representative voice.

Taxes, Tariffs & Trade Issues

Based on the recent NAFEM survey, tariffs are negatively impacting companies whose products make it possible for millions of people to enjoy meals away from home at military bases, schools, hospitals, restaurants and elsewhere. More than 80 percent of respondents to NAFEM’s recent survey reported that the tariffs have negatively impacted their businesses. NAFEM has developed […]

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To help keep the industry’s point-of-view front and center, NAFEM President Joe Carlson, CFSP, president, Lakeside Manufacturing, Milwaukee, Wisc., recently sent a letter to Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI).

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The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), which is overseeing the exclusion request process for Section 232 tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, has already received more than 40,000 exclusion requests. To help mitigate the backlog, BIS recently updated the exclusion request process. Also, the Secretary of Commerce is now […]

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Now that all three lists of Section 301 Chinese imports subject to tariffs have been finalized, the exclusion process has begun. While to date, no exclusions have been granted, Christine J. Sohar Henter, of counsel with NAFEM’s legal partner Barnes & Thornburg, says, “The initial submissions that have all been denied give us a ‘sneak […]

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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.  

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has announced a process to obtain product exclusions from the additional tariffs in effect on certain products imported from China under the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of U.S. technology and intellectual property.

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If you’re a NAFEM member, log in to your account and visit the “Important links and documents” tab of your member portal. There you’ll find information on providing input on recent issues, as well as a member advocacy toolkit. Contact Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, vice president, regulatory & technical affairs, +1.312.821.0212 at csouhrada@nafem.org for outside inquiries related to advocacy efforts or use the Contact us form linked below.

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