The National Council of Textile Organization (NCTO) praised the current U.S. administration for the July 10 announcement proposing $200 billion in Chinese goods for an added 10 percent tariff. The NCTO also called on the administration to include finished textile and apparel products on any future lists of imports from China to be made subject to Section 301 tariffs.
The release says that NCTO will be thoroughly vetting any new lists. “With the inclusion of virtually all fiber, yarn and fabric tariff lines, NCTO’s response will be on a line-by-line basis, with support or opposition to individual lines dependent on the how the competitiveness of the U.S. textile industry is impacted,” said NCTO President and CEO Auggie Tantillo.
Tantillo referred to NCTO’s China 301 public comments filed on May 11 and noted products missing from the U.S. government’s latest proposed tariff list. “NCTO is convinced that the Trump administration’s Section 301 tariffs would be far more effective if Chinese apparel and sewn non-apparel end products were included in the 301 list because that would benefit the entire U.S. textile and apparel supply chain,” Tantillo said.
NCTO is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, including artificial and synthetic filament and fiber producers.