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WDMA Urges House Leaders to Reconsider Section 301 Tariffs

On June 2, WDMA joined a coalition letter that was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party detailing how the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese products continue to adversely impact American small businesses, workers and consumers.

How the tariffs affect American workers

Since April 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has assessed more than $180 billion in Section 301 tariffs on American companies who import products from China. These taxes continue to create tremendous uncertainty, increase the cost of doing business in the United States, and place a financial burden on American businesses – negatively impacting their ability to invest in their companies, hire more American workers, innovate new technologies and remain competitive globally.

The tariffs also impact American consumers. While many companies have tried to absorb the costs of the tariffs, others have had to pass along the increased costs to final consumers.

WDMA asks for reconsideration of Section 301 tariffs

Our letter to the House Select Committee on the CCP urges Congress to strategically realign the Section 301 tariffs away from consumer goods and manufacturing inputs and equipment that are currently unavailable in sufficient quantities from sources other than China. Further, we advocate for efforts to diversify the U.S. supply chain and use targeted tools to hold bad actors accountable.

WDMA supports the immediate removal of Section 232 and 301 tariffs, which acts as a direct tax on U.S. businesses and consumers, and continues to lobby members of Congress and the Biden Administration, including key officials from the U.S Departments of Treasury and Commerce, as well as USTR and the U.S. International Trade Commission, to remove these harmful tariffs on American manufacturers.