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HIA Supports Low Tariffs on Halloween Products

Thursday, March 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jessica Hall
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Please see the below alert on behalf of HIA Legal Counsel, Rick Locker.
March 29, 2018


HIA Supports Low Tariffs on Halloween Products

HIA is actively engaged in collaboration with retailers and other consumer products industries in opposing any tariffs that might be unfairly levied against Halloween Costumes and products imported from China. Please read theJoint Association Lettersent to the White House last week. In a difficult retail year, Halloween product manufacturers have noted that since their products already benefit from low reciprocal global tariffs, the product category should not be targeted.
HIA Executive Director Michele Biordi noted, "The Halloween Industry is comprised of many creative manufacturers of Products that promote strong US Intellectual Properties here and abroad. We want these products to benefit Halloween revelers everywhere."

The Trade Representative's Office is expected to announce a list of targeted product categories to be hit by tariffs within the week and the Association is acting to make sure our member concerns are registered with the Administration as they finalize their target list for tariffs. While there are recent indications that our messaging is having an impact and that the targeted tariffs as high as 25% are likely to be directed at high tech industries which China has targeted for domination by 2025, the Association will continue to advocate for exclusion for Halloween products.

High Tech industries are represented in Information technology, high-end machinery and robotics, aerospace, marine equipment and ships, advanced rail transport, new-energy vehicles, electric power, agricultural machinery, new materials, and bio-medical industries. HIA will continue to be engaged in efforts that limit the spread of high tariffs on its member's products wherever sold.
HIA notes that US consumers have come to expect reasonably priced Halloween products.

Members will be kept apprised of developments as they occur.