Trump Renews 25% Tariff Threat on Chinese Goods, WDMA Responds

Window & Door
May 7, 2019
Government
On Sunday, President Donald Trump renewed his call for 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Trump initially announced the tariffs in September, beginning with an immediate 10 percent hike. The tariffs were set to rise to 25 percent in January, but the administration halted the increase due to ongoing trade talks.
Trump put the 25 percent hike back on the table in a series of tweets over the weekend.
 

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association issued a statement regarding the announcement. "WDMA has serious concerns regarding the President’s announcement that the 10 percent tariff on certain Chinese products could increase this week to 25 percent and urges him to reconsider,” says Michael O’Brien, WDMA president and CEO. “As we have stated before, window, door and skylight manufacturers utilize certain products from China in the manufacturing process, including many that are currently subject to the 10 percent tariff. Increasing this amount to 25 percent, with such little notice, will significantly affect America’s manufacturers, along with the residential and commercial construction sectors. WDMA urges the Trump Administration to continue discussions with the Chinese government on a long-term deal, without this tariff increase, to cultivate a strong and lasting trading relationship between each country.”