nsga, nssra support postponement of tariff rate increases

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 28, 2019) - The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) and National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association (NSSRA) were among the signers of a letter sent from the Americans For Free Trade to President Trump calling on him to postpone tariff increases scheduled to go into effect next week.

NSGA and NSSRA are part of a coalition of more than 160 business organizations from every sector of the U.S. economy that noted in that letter the proposed tariff increases come in the middle of the holiday shipping season, threatening to raise costs for consumers in the coming months.

"These tariff increases - some starting as early as Sunday - come at the worst possible time, right in the middle of the busy holiday shipping period," the letter states. "U.S. consumers are driving the growth of the U.S. economy. Let's ensure consumer confidence remains high and economic prosperity continues for the American families we serve and the American workers we employ every day."

Americans For Free Trade, which unites business associations opposed to tariffs, represents many of the sectors and products that will be hit hardest by the recent trade war escalation. Beginning September 1, roughly $112 billion in goods will be hit by 15 percent tariffs, including on products ranging from apparel and footwear to televisions and Christmas decorations.

The majority of apparel products (92 percent), footwear (52.5 percent) and home textile products (68.4 percent) from "List 4" will be subject to tariffs on the September 1 round, along with televisions and Christmas decorations. Additional 15 percent tariffs targeting $150 billion in imports will take effect December 15.

Click here to view the full text of the letter sent to President Trump.

Click here to go to the Americans For Free Trade Website.