By Ed Zwirn

Erin Ennis, vice president of the US-China Business Council, told industry representatives in New York that American businesses should get ready for the imposition of Section 301 tariffs on all remaining goods coming from China--including apparel. 

Speaking at the 30th Apparel Importers Trade & Transportation Conference last week, one day after the midterm elections in the United States brought news of a pending shift of control over the lower house of Congress, Ennis was part of a relatively pessimistic China trade consensus at the gathering.

Indeed, some 90 percent of respondents to an online poll held at the event predicted that the dispute between the US and China will continue "for the foreseeable future, or at least through the end of 2019," said Julia Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), which holds the conference each year in conjunction with the American Import Shippers Association (AISA).

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