Textile industry calls for China 301 tariffs on textile

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President & CEO Auggie Tantillo testified as a witness at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) public hearing on proposed China 301 tariffs in Washington, DC on May 17.  

The U.S. textile industry strongly supports the Trump administration’s Section 301 case to sanction China’s rampant intellectual property rights (IPR) theft, said NCTO President & CEO Auggie Tantillo.

The U.S. textile industry urges the Trump administration to include textile and apparel end products in any Section 301 retaliatory tariff action against China. Tantillo said that China’s predatory, illegal trade actions, including IPR theft, have contributed to the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs, including hundreds of thousands in textiles.

China’s domination of global textile markets has clearly been aided by its rampant theft of U.S. textile intellectual property. From the violation of patents on high performance fibers, yarns and fabrics to the infringement of copyrighted designs on textile home furnishings, China has gained pricing advantages through illegal activities. 

The U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 550,500 in 2017. The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was US$77.9 billion in 2017. Furthermore, the U.S. exports of fibre, textiles and apparel were $28.6 billion in 2017. Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totalled US$2.4 billion in 2016.


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