All the Trump Trade Actions: Tracked
September 21, 2018
AAEI is tracking all the trade actions that the Trump Administration has taken since 2017, from renegotiating NAFTA to tariffs on aluminum and steel to Section 301 tariffs on imports from China. More than 35 such trade actions to date have carried the United States to the brink of a trade war with China and have alarmed a multitude of US trading partners.
As part of its services to members, AAEI has created a single document to help keep up with the changes. This is an evolving document that is subject to updating. But a snapshot of it is available for download here.
To be clear, AAEI supports the need for the United States to eliminate unfair trade barriers and practices. AAEI stands for free trade. However, the Association and its members strongly dispute the Trump Administration’s use of tariffs as a method for change. Its disruptive results are hurting US businesses, workers and families. Tariffs are taxes that US consumers end up paying.
AAEI has twofold strategy for opposing the Trump Administration’s trade actions. One is to lend its support to multi-association letters to government leaders calling for an end to the tariffs. The other is to file its own comments against these trade actions. AAEI members are recognized as technical trade experts and are among the companies on the front lines of the emerging trade war. The costs related to and the evidence against the use of tariffs are mounting. The damage is felt first by many AAEI member companies.
Additionally, AAEI is a member of Americans for Free Trade and Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, two broad coalitions of US businesses, trade organizations, and workers united against tariffs. As a spokesman for one of these new coalitions stated, “Tariffs are taxes, plain and simple. By choosing to unilaterally raise taxes on Americans, the cost of running a farm, factory or business will grow. In many cases, these costs will be passed on to American families. Tariffs have already resulted in layoffs.”
To join AAEI in its work to promote free trade as an engine to grow the US economy, please contact us.