Today, August 23, 2018, United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) President Julia K. Hughes is scheduled to testify during the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s public hearing on the proposed tariffs on approximately $200 billion worth of Chinese products under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.
The list includes several products manufactured and sold by the apparel industry, including hats and headwear in Chapter 65 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, luggage and handbags in Chapters 42 and 46, and leather and faux leather apparel and products in Chapter 42, as well as other textiles, furniture, feathers, and more.
“We continue to find it hard to believe that the Administration really wants to impose a tax on the basic household purchases of Americans, and we ask you to reconsider this action. The path forward to change the policies in China that are the subject of the 301 investigation is not to tax consumer products. We continue to believe that the best action is to work with our trading partners, and the Chinese government, to negotiate global solutions,” says Hughes in her testimony.
Her entire testimony as prepared for delivery is available here: http://www.usfashionindustry.com/pdf_files/USFIA-Oral-Testimony-082318.pdf