According to media reports, President Trump is now expected to send the United States – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA) to Congress after Sept. 1, giving working groups of democrats in the House of Representative more time to address their concerns with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Twelve cities and counties in California, along with Chicago and Cook County in Illinois, Washington, D.C., Oregon and New Jersey increased their minimum wages effective July 1.
NAFEM regularly shares the website where members can locate contact details for federally elected officials. Thanks to a recently completed profile of the 116th congress by the Congressional Research Service, members can now learn more about the U.S. senators and representatives who make decisions that impact the commercial foodservice equipment industry.
On June 3, Mexico eliminated exceptions to its Normas Oficiales Mexicanas (NOMs), or official standards.
Following the June G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, President Trump put on hold List 4 of the Section 301 tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese imports to give the two countries more time to discuss a comprehensive trade deal. In return, China agreed to purchase more U.S. farm products, including soybeans. The current Section 301 List 1, 2 and 3 tariffs on $225 of Chinese imports remain in effect.
NAFEM members Larry Molinari, chairman, Perlick Corp., Milwaukee, Wis., and Kevin O’Boyle, director of marketing, InterMetro Industries Corp., Wilkes-Barre, Penn., along with Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, NAFEM’s VP of regulatory and technical affairs, met with elected officials on Capitol Hill to shed light on trade challenges and discuss the USMCA and its importance to the industry.
Although the U.S. has removed Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from Canada and Mexico, tariffs continue for numerous countries. Twenty-five percent tariffs on steel currently impact all countries except Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Korea. Ten percent tariffs on aluminum currently impact all countries except Argentina, Australia, Canada and Mexico.