ISSA released the following statement regarding U.S. President Donald Trump placing 25% tariffs on US$200 billion worth of imports from China as of May 10.
In response to the tariffs, John Nothdurft, director of government affairs for ISSA, had the following statement:
ISSA supports a comprehensive trade deal that that addresses the unfair trade practices of China, protects intellectual property, eliminates tariffs, and provides a level-playing field that the U.S. and China can mutually benefit from. The longer this trade war continues without resolution, the worse it is for businesses and consumers in both countries.
It is imperative the U.S. and Chinese governments come to a comprehensive agreement soon that puts an end to this trade war. American businesses and consumers are bearing the brunt of the burden from these tariffs. Our member companies represent the entire supply-chain of the cleaning industry and experience firsthand the negative impact these tariffs have on businesses throughout the industry, as well as to their consumers.
These tariffs, if continued, could increase costs throughout the supply chain, making cleaning and sanitizing facilities such as hospitals, schools, and offices more expensive and thus compromising the ability of many facilities to maintain safe and sanitary conditions.
ISSA continues to monitor and weigh in on tariffs and other trade issues affecting our members. For additional information, or questions regarding tariffs, other legal issues, or ISSA’s advocacy efforts, please contact ISSA Director of Government Affairs John Nothdurft at Johnn@issa.com.