By Shefali Kapadia
Upon written and oral public comments, officials removed about 300 tariff lines from the original list and did not add any additional items or categories. The total value of goods, however, remains around $200 billion. Despite the removal of some textile and apparel products from the list, many products from those categories as well as accessories were still subject to the new tariffs. Industry associations chimed in following the announcement to express their opposition to the tariffs.
"These tariffs on imports of textiles, apparel, and accessories do little to punish China for its intellectual property and technology transfer practices but do a lot to harm American fashion brands and retailers as well as consumers of their products," said United States Fashion Industry Association President Julia K. Hughes.