Press Release | August 22, 2018

CTA Calls for Immediate End to Failing Tariff Strategy as New Tax Hits Additional $16 Billion in Goods

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The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), regarding the Trump administration's 25 percent tariff on $16 billion of Chinese goods going into effect Thursday, and China levying retaliatory tariffs in response:

"The Trump administration's 'strategy' of using tariffs to punish China for intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer is not working. Instead, it is damaging to American businesses and consumers. Not only is the White House failing to change China's behavior on IP, but it is also putting extreme pressure on American innovation and businesses that invent, design and engineer their IP in the United States.

“Tariffs are a tax on Americans and are paid to the detriment of the U.S. economy, workers and consumers. A study done earlier this year shows tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports – coupled with retaliation by China – would reduce U.S. GDP by nearly $3 billion annually and put hundreds of thousands of American jobs at risk. No wonder 90 percent of economist say tariffs will hurt us.

“The Trump administration has prioritized economic policies – such as tax reform – to help American workers and businesses. But if the administration continues to implement tariffs, our country will face a weaker economy, job losses and American families stuck with a higher cost of living."