USTR and Congress : Stop the Made in America Tax
Every day, millions of Americans use crafts and fabrics such as cotton and fleece to create handmade products right here in the United States.
Under a series of proposed tariffs, the price of commonly-used crafts and fabrics could increase by as much as 25%, unintentionally putting a tax on products “Made in America.”
The Made in America Tax will hurt churches and charitable organizations who rely on crafts to create blankets and quilts for veterans, the hospitalized and the homeless. The tariffs will also inadvertently hit small business owners who use these crafts and fabrics to make their own products, as well as everyday American consumers who have a passion to create.
Sign the petition today to tell USTR and Congress to exempt crafts and fabrics from proposed section 301 tariffs.
To USTR and Congress:
As your constituent, I am writing to urge you to help us remove several specific codes from the proposed Section 301 Retaliatory Tariffs currently under consideration by the United States Trade Representative. Proposed tariffs on fabric and craft commodities will unintentionally create a tax on goods "Made in America," hurting millions of American consumers and many of your constituents, including charitable organizations, small businesses and crafters.
The "Made in America" tax will hurt churches and charitable organizations who rely on crafting goods to create blankets and quilts for veterans, hospitalized and the homeless. The tariffs will also inadvertently hurt small business owners who make their own products, as well as everyday Americans who sew, knit, build and create their own handmade items.
The crafting industry is a major economic driver in many communities across the nation. Thousands of Americans are employed by crafting distributors, manufacturers, and retailers. According to an industry report, the U.S. crafting industry accounted for $44 billion in economic activity in 2016 alone. These tariffs will potentially stifle the positive contributions crafting makes towards the economic growth of our communities.
With millions of Americans potentially affected by the proposed tariffs, I again ask for your immediate action to remove certain HTSUS codes from the proposed section 301 retaliatory tariffs third list. A list of specific codes is provided below. Thank you for your consideration.
HTSUS Codes: Candle Holders (9405.50.40), Cookie Cutters (8205.51.30), Faux Fur (6001.10.20), Feather Craft and Décor Articles (6701.00.30), Fleece (6001.22.00), Glass Beads (7018.10.50), Glue (3506.10.50), Knit Fabric (6005.37.00, 6004.10.00, 6006.44.00), Magnifying Glasses (9013.80.20), Metal Beads (8308.90.30, 8308.10.00), Paper Cutting Machines (8441.10.00), Paper Products (4823.90.67, 4823.90.86), Twig/Vine Baskets (4602.19.18), Velour and Similar Fabrics (6001.92.00), Vine Wreaths and Décor (4602.19.60), Washi and other Paper Tape (4811.41.21), Woven Cotton Fabric (5208.52.30, 5208.32.30, 5208.52.40, 5208.32,40, 5208.12.60, 5208.22.60, 5806.20.00), Woven Manmade Fabric (Poly, Nylon, etc) (5407.61.99, 5513.21.00), Yarn (5606.00.00, 5511.10.00)