The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has called for the Trump administration to rescind its decision to increase tariffs to 25% on around US$200bn in goods exported from China.
It also recommends the administration postpone the process now underway to impose 25% tariffs on the remaining US$325bn in Chinese imports.
Susan Monteverde, AAPA’s vice president of government relations, stated: “AAPA is very concerned about the President’s decision to increase tariffs on Chinese goods and the expected retaliatory actions by the Chinese government.
“We urge the President to put a pause on this action and continue negotiations. Tariffs harm all Americans as the increased cost of goods imported and exported are felt throughout our nation.”
She continued: “Whether it’s a US small business or a US manufacturer who uses Chinese goods, or a US farmer who wants to export their products to China and are impacted by retaliatory actions, tariffs hurt our economy and every American.”
A process for requesting exclusions from the additional duties is expected to be announced by the US Trade Representative and will be published in the Federal Register.
The AAPA is a member of Americans for Free Trade, a broad coalition of American businesses, trade organisations, and workers united against tariffs.
Coalition members have reiterated that tariffs are taxes, paid by American families, farmers, businesses, workers and communities, and not by the nations or foreign businesses on whose products the tariffs are imposed.