More than 150 different organizations that represent U.S. retailers, manufacturers, farmers, technology companies, natural gas and oil companies, and other industries submitted comments this week to the U.S. Trade Representative’s office urging USTR Robert Lighthizer to reconsider proposed tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports. The groups, which included the National Retail Federation, warned that such tariffs would have an excessively negative impact on American businesses, families, and workers.
“Continuing the tit-for-tat tariff escalation with China only serves to expand the harm to more U.S. economic interests, including farmers, families, businesses and workers,” the coalition wrote in a letter. “Our organizations agree that longstanding issues in China have negatively impacted many U.S. companies, and we support the administration’s efforts to negotiate meaningful, binding and long-term solutions with the Chinese government, (but) applying these high levels of tariffs on Chinese products will continue to miss the mark.”
“The negative impact will fall particularly hard on small- and medium-sized businesses and their workers, who lack the scale, resources and options to weather or adapt to these tariffs,” the groups said. Tariffs “are counterproductive and so far have only produced increased costs for U.S. businesses and consumers.”