The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has welcomed the recent announcement by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), extending tariff exclusions for import of personal protective equipment (PPE) for six months. AAFA has long brought attention to the detrimental impacts of tariffs on US consumers, workers and businesses.
"While we focus on COVID-19 relief and recovery, it is essential that these efforts not be undermined by production cost and retail price increases due to tariffs. Today’s action prevents these problems, said AAFA president and chief executive officer Steve Lamar.
"At the same time, we must focus on the recovery of the US economy. As such, we again call for the expeditious review of the underlying China 301 tariffs as well as those exclusions that were allowed to expire in 2020. Additionally, many PPE categories are still caught in this tariff trap as are other products that support many US jobs in our industry and in our economy,” he added in a statement.
Recently, AAFA called for the US administration to extend the temporary exclusion provided for imports of PPE from China 301 tariffs, which reflected in the latest announcement.
Source:Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)