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.