AAEI Stands for Free Trade

October 2, 2018

AAEI has joined a nationwide coalition of U.S. businesses, trade organizations, and workers united against tariffs as part of the Association’s ongoing effort to promote free trade. 

Americans for Free Trade, a coalition of more than 100 of the nation’s leading trade associations, sent a letter to U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer requesting an exclusion process for Section 301 “List 3” tariffs. 

The letter is in response to the Trump administration imposing a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in products that American business, farmers, manufacturers and consumers rely on. While an exclusion process was provided to American businesses for the nearly $50 billion in previously announced tariffs (Lists 1 and 2), the administration has said that no similar process will be provided on the most recent tariffs on $200 billion (List 3) in goods that went into effect in September 2018.

Americans for Free Trade was launched on September 12, 2018 to demonstrate the harm of tariffs on U.S. jobs, U.S. businesses, American innovation and American families.  

The coalition’s members, including AAEI, represent thousands of businesses and workers also are members of this multi-industry coalition aimed at opposing tariffs and highlighting the benefits of international trade to the U.S. economy. Americans for Free Trade will immediately join Farmers for Free Trade, the coalition backed by the nation’s largest agricultural commodity groups, in a multi-million dollar national campaign called Tariffs Hurt the Heartland. The campaign will focus on telling the stories of the American businesses, farmers, workers and families harmed by tariffs through town-hall style events, grassroots outreach to Congress and the administration, social media, rapid response and digital advertising.