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Representatives From The US Industry: Against The Government's Tariffs On China
- Jul 26, 2018 -

On the 24 day, the office of the United States trade representative held a public hearing on the import tariff of 16 billion US dollars on the basis of the results of the "301 survey". The representatives of American enterprises and industry associations from the industry, electronics, solar and other industries spoke on the scene, most opposed to the government's tariff on HUAC.


Last August, the US trade representative, lettse, announced the launch of a "301 investigation". In March, the president of the United States, Trump, declared the import of goods imported from China on the basis of the results of the "301 investigation", of which the first list of Chinese goods valued at $34 billion was formally entered into force in July 6th. The 24 day hearing of the US trade representative office was conducted on the second batch of $16 billion worth of Chinese goods list.


Those who spoke at the scene were mostly representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises in the United States. Hardy, the chief executive of the Hardy Co, said the new tariff will frost the situation as the government has recently imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminum products and tariffs on China that came into force in July 6th. The family business, which has five generations and has a history of 179 years, is facing a close threat.


Another 120 - year - old American Lawn Mower Co president, Michael Csi, said the company's products are mainly household, and the added tariff will seriously affect individual consumers in the United States. In particular, relatively light batteries and rope mower are popular among women and the elderly. These people are more vulnerable. Alex said that adding tariffs would force companies to look for suppliers outside China, but it was very difficult, at least one year, to be hard to find, which would seriously affect production.


Josh Kalmer, senior vice president of the information technology industry commission, said in his testimony that the possible disruption of the global supply chain will seriously hurt American small businesses, because changing suppliers is particularly difficult and costly for small businesses. Sage Chandler of the consumer science and Technology Association said to questioning officials in the inquiry that changing the source of suppliers was actually the ability of the government to destroy the independent business of the enterprise, and would lead to the loss of high paid jobs in the United States.


Like Carl and Chandler, representatives of a number of trade associations opposed the government's duties on China. Charlie shahhda, vice president of the North American food equipment manufacturers association, said the industry has already suffered from the impact of a $34 billion list of Chinese goods, which would further affect the production process, increase production costs and consumer burdens if the new tariff is directly impacted.


Dean Ping, a consultant for the solar industry association, said that China's u. S. PV products had already suffered the highest tax rates compared with other countries and regions because of "double counter" tariffs and "201 clause" tariffs. Levy 25% tariff.


In the field, Logitech, universal electronics, Banna engineering, forway and other companies have factories in China, and their representatives say that their company has not forced the transfer of intellectual property rights in China. Mark Kanzi, a Logitech Inc consultant, said in his testimony that the company did not permit or was asked to permit any technology to be transferred to Chinese entities, nor was it forced to transfer intellectual property or technology to Chinese companies. Logitech is indeed required to obtain permission to operate in China, but its focus is on the company's business scope, legal representative and registered capital. In China, Logitech has not been restricted by the relevant administrative licensing or licensing requirements as described in the "301 survey" report.


Richard fairhamer, senior vice president of global electronics, says American companies have the ability to compete with anyone in a fair environment, but adding tariffs will make it difficult for many American companies like global electronics to compete in global competition. He urged the US government not to impose tariffs, but to cooperate with enterprises to identify trade policies that protect American jobs and American companies compete in the global market.


The public hearing of the US trade representative's office will last for a day and a half. On the 24 day, 61 of the 8 groups of spokesmen, only 6 agreed with the US government to impose tariffs on China. Most of the 512 public comments that have been published on the federal chronicle web site are against the US government.