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Month: October 2018

New Data on Tariff Impacts on Florida Released as President Trump Visits Sunshine State to Tout Economy

As he visits Florida today, President Trump should listen to Floridians bearing the costs of the trade war

This week Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, unveiled new data that showed how tariffs are directly impacting Florida’s economy. The statistics, which were compiled by The Trade Partnership, revealed that tariffs cost Florida businesses $122 million in the month of August alone. This represents a 49-percent increase in tariff-related costs compared to this point last year. These costs are borne directly by the hardworking Florida taxpayers that the administration promised to protect.

“When Florida businesses are hurt by higher tariffs, those costs are felt by every worker and family across they state,” said Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Spokesperson Brian Kuehl. “Tariffs cost jobs, raise prices for everyday goods, make it harder for small businesses to make and sell their products, and destroy export markets that farmers rely on to sell their commodities. Tariffs are hurting Florida’s economy, and that pain will only get worse as the trade war continues.”

Total Tariffs Paid by Florida Businesses Per Month

Total Tariffs Paid by Florida Businesses on Products Subject to Administration Tariffs through August

BACKGROUND

TARIFFS ARE HURTING FLORIDA’S #1 INDUSTRY – TOURISM. “Alana Holmstrom treks from Canada to Florida each year, staying for weeks at a time with her parents in Naples. But this year, her family — including her husband and 8-year-old daughter — are seriously considering traveling elsewhere. Many Canadians who live or visit Florida fear a trade war due to the increasingly strained relations with the U.S., with some deciding to boycott U.S. goods and vacations. ‘I love Naples and it feels like a second home, but it’s hard to visit when tensions are high,’ said Holmstrom, who originally was from Kenora, Ontario. ‘It’s more the principle of not going down. We are Canadians … we don’t fight with anyone.’” (Callie Schmidt, “Chill In The Air: Canadians In Florida Cancel Visits As Tensions With U.S. Snowball,” Naples Daily News, 6/20/18)

TARIFFS SQUEEZE FLORIDA CITRUS. “Recently, President Donald Trump’s tariffs and trade war have provoked the EU, Canada and China to impose an import tax on U.S. orange juice. While American exports of OJ have fallen 60 percent in the last five years, tariffs from some of its largest trading partners could kill America’s export industry, increase reliance on Brazil and raise OJ prices for Americans.” (Peter Chung, “How Brazil Stole The Production of Orange Juice From Florida,” CNBC, 8/23/18)

FLORIDA MANUFACTURERS FORCED TO CONSIDER LEAVING STATE TO AVOID TARIFFS. “There are countries other than China and the United States where companies can build electronics and loudspeakers. The tariffs on China will help those countries, rather than boosting business and manufacturing in the United States, [JL Audio Vice President Manville] Smith says. ‘If we can buy the same parts, from China or elsewhere, and build the products in another country, we avoid these high tariffs,’ Smith says. ‘We would much rather keep our production here in Florida, but we may not be able to if our own government keeps creating obstacles.’” (Reagan Haynes, “Trade War Troubles,” Trade Only Today, 10/26/18)

Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is backed by over 100 of the nation’s largest trade organizations that represent thousands of workers and businesses across the country. The campaign recently released an interactive, searchable map (TariffsHurt.com) that allows users to find stories across the country of how tariffs are impacting local communities. Learn more about the campaign here, or read about us in the New York TimesBloombergUSA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Join the conversation on Twitter using #TariffsHurt.

 

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New Data Shows Impact of Trade War on Indiana Soybean Farmers and Pork Producers

Soybean exports to China from the Hoosier state have plummeted 34% so far this year while pork exports to Mexico that had been growing declined precipitously following tariff announcement

New data released as President Trump comes to Indianapolis to make his case to farmers at the National FFA Convention and Expo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact: [email protected]

(Washington, D.C.) – New data released today shows that soybeans, the dominant Indiana farm export to China, have been hit hard by tariffs imposed this year. Data released by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide, nonpartisan campaign against tariffs also shows that Indiana pork exports to Mexico, which were growing compared to 2017 in the first four months of this year, have stalled out after new tariffs were imposed in June and July of this year. The data, which was compiled by The Trade Partnership from US Census Bureau and USDA data, was released as President Trump prepares to travel to Indiana to discuss his administration’s approach to U.S. agriculture.

Indiana soybean farmer and Farmers for Free Trade spokesman Brent Bible, who farms 5000 acres of primarily soybeans and corn in Lafayette, Indiana voiced the same concerns as many Indiana farmers:

“I’m supportive of the Trump administration, but I have a lot of concerns about current actions that have been taken on trade and tariffs. The fact that China is our number one soybean customer makes Indiana very vulnerable. Our farm and many others like ours have already been the first casualties of a trade war.”

Indiana Soybeans to China 

The data released today shows a 34% year to date drop in soybean exports to China compared with last year. For the most recent monthly data in August 2018, soybeans saw an even more staggering 95% drop as compared to August 2017. The data is a major red flag for soybean exports as Indiana farmers await additional data for the key September to December export period.

Indiana Pork to Mexico

The data released today also shows how retaliatory tariffs from Mexico, which have come in response to the administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs, have stopped the growth of Indiana pork exports in its tracks. Indiana pork exports to Mexico had been nearly double in the first four months of 2018 ($18 million in Jan-Apr 2018 vs $9.3 million in Jan-Apr 2017). However, growth slowed to +24% year-over-year in May when new retaliatory tariff became a possibility, then fell precipitously to –3%, +3%, and –3% in June/July/August when tariffs actually went into place.

“This data is the clearest sign yet of the hit Indiana farmers have taken and is a warning about the even greater threat on the horizon,” said Brian Kuehl, a spokesman for Tariffs Hurt the Heartland. “There is no guarantee that what’s lost today because of this trade war is coming back anytime soon. What is Indiana’s loss is Brazil, and Canada, and Russia’s gain.”

To receive more detailed information on the data released today contact [email protected].

New Data Reveals Dramatic Jump in Tariff-Related Costs; Impacts Discussed at Town Hall with Wisconsin Manufacturers, Farmers and Business Owners

WAUKESHA, WI – Wisconsin farmers, manufacturers and business owners joined Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, at a town hall today to unveil new economic data detailing the impact of tariffs on Wisconsin’s economy. The data, compiled by the Trade Partnership, shows that tariffs cost Wisconsin businesses almost $95 million in August alone. That represents a 47 percent increase in tariff-related costs since the same point last year—even though the value of imports only increased 13 percent over that period. These costs fall squarely on the backs of farmers, manufacturers, small business owners, and their employees – the very people the administration promised to protect with its trade policies.

The town hall meeting, which took place at Husco International in Waukesha, featured panelists representing numerous critical sectors of Wisconsin’s economy, including small businesses, manufacturing, agriculture, brewing, restaurants and hospitality. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) was also in attendance. A webcast of the event can be viewed here.

“Today’s discussion showed the real-world impact that the administration’s tariffs have had on Wisconsin businesses,” said Dennis Slater, President of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “Our industry and its 1.3 million workers aren’t alone when it comes to the damage the tariffs have caused. It’s clear these tariffs hurt our economy and they hurt U.S. workers. Equipment manufacturers want to work with the administration to strengthen America’s trade position, but we need policies that open up foreign markets not ones that tax Americans.”

“Wisconsin farmers greatly benefit from trade,” said Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Jim Holte. “Wisconsin Farm Bureau has been a long-time supporter of open markets and fair trade because our farmers can and should be able to compete in a global market place. Unfortunately, the ongoing retaliation tariffs are causing even more heartburn for our already burdened farmers.”

Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is backed by over 100 of the nation’s largest trade organizations that represent thousands of workers and businesses across the country. The campaign recently released an interactive searchable map (TariffsHurt.com) that allows users to find stories across the country of how tariffs are impacting local communities. Learn more about the campaign here, or read about us in the New York Times, Bloomberg, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Join the conversation on Twitter using #TariffsHurt.

 

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From Bicycles to Beans, Wisconsin Is Caught In The Crossfires of President Trump’s Trade War

QUOTE FROM BRIAN KUEHL, FARMERS FOR FREE TRADE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: “Wisconsin’s economy is getting crushed by tariffs. These taxes make it harder for businesses to keep their doors open and force families to pay more for everyday items. From higher costs to loss of export markets, our farmers, manufacturers, and retailers are all feeling the pain caused by tariffs. Without a new approach to trade, those costs will continue to rise and they will continue to hurt Wisconsin workers, families, and businesses.”

THE LITTLE GUYS ARE ‘GETTING CRUSHED.’ “It’s been catastrophic,” said [Rob] Parmentier, president and CEO of Marquis-Larson Boat Group, which builds Carver yachts in Pulaski. The first ‘hand grenade,’ as Parmentier described it, was a 25 percent tariff the European Union placed this year on boats built in the U.S., along with scores of other products including Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Then there was a 10 percent tariff slapped on boats shipped to Canada, along with price increases up to 40 percent on boat building materials.  It’s sent a shock wave through U.S. boat manufacturers. … About 450 people work at the company, a large employer in a town of 3,600 residents.  If boat orders continue to slide because of the trade wars, Parmentier said, it will trigger layoffs that could last a long time.” (Rick Barrett, “As Tariffs Continue, Panic Beginning to Sink in Among Wisconsin Manufacturers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/22/18)

  • “Across America’s heartland, small and midsize manufacturers are reeling from higher costs and lost business attributed to a breakdown in foreign trade. While some have benefited, others have been hammered by rising tariffs — a tax on imported or exported goods — on products including boats, electronics, sporting goods, bourbon and baby cribs, to name a few. … The ‘handshake deals’ Trump made with Canada and Mexico may have saved thousands of automaker jobs. Yet smaller companies, Parmentier said, haven’t seen much relief.  ‘The rest of us little guys are just getting crushed,’ he said.” (Rick Barrett, “As Tariffs Continue, Panic Beginning to Sink in Among Wisconsin Manufacturers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/22/18)

EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS: TARIFFS “ARE NOT A GOOD END GAME.” “From bicycles to beans, Wisconsin and much of the nation are caught in the crossfires of President Donald Trump’s trade war. Starting Monday, the Trump administration will begin taxing $200 billion more in Chinese goods. The tariffs will start at 10 percent and rise to 25 percent in 2019. The product list is huge, and it includes goods from some of Wisconsin’s most well-known companies, such as Waterloo-based Trek Bicycle Corp. If Trump delivers on the 25 percent tariff, Trek says it would pay an additional $30 million in tariffs each year on bikes imported from China. ‘Trek will be forced to pass these costs on to the consumer,’ Roger Gierhart, Trek’s vice president of marketing and supply chain, said in recent testimony before the U.S. International Trade Commission.” (Rick Barrett, “New Tariffs Threaten Wisconsin’s Trek Bicycle, Soybean Farmers As Trade War With China Heats Up,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/21/18)

  • “‘Tariffs, as a strategy, are not a good end game for trade or manufacturing,’ said Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, a Milwaukee-based trade group that represents agricultural and construction equipment makers. ‘If a company is looking at an expansion, they’re probably going to hold off until they get through some of this. And the time and energy spent dealing with the changing landscape of tariffs is a huge distraction,’ Slater said.” (Rick Barrett, “New Tariffs Threaten Wisconsin’s Trek Bicycle, Soybean Farmers As Trade War With China Heats Up,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9/21/18)

TRADE WAR HAS CREATED ‘MONTHS OF ANXIETY’ FOR WISCONSIN MANUFACTURERS. “The trade war between the United States and China has made for a nerve-wracking summer of uncertainty in Wisconsin, where manufacturing has long been in decline yet remains a vital part of the state’s economy. At Johnson Level and Tool in suburban Milwaukee, the Trump administration’s thrust-and-parry trade moves with China and other countries have left the company bracing for up to $3.7 million in extra costs annually because of higher tariffs on imports, including some of its levels that are made in China. … ‘We have this uncertainty, and almost overnight our business really has changed and so the competitive landscape is different,’ [CFO Paul] Buzzell said.” (Ivan Moreno, “Months of Anxiety for Wisconsin Manufacturers Amid Trade War,” Associated Press, 10/11/18)

CINDY BROWN, PRESIDENT OF CHIPPEWA VALLEY BEAN: “HONESTLY, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY FARMERS AREN’T TAKING THEIR TRACTORS DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE IN PROTEST.” It’s a different story at Chippewa Valley Bean, which buys beans from 100 family farms located throughout the Midwest and processes them at its Menomonie factory that employs 33 people. Brown said the company in 2017 earned $25 million on export sales, which account for 60 percent of the company’s business. It has been recognized twice by the state for its international sales prowess that focuses on food safety and the quality of dark red kidney beans craved in Europe and other parts of the world. It also has overwhelmed competition from China because it does a better job of honoring contracts and working with customers, Brown said. ‘The entire world was poised to buy our beans,’ she said. ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen now.’” (Rob Schultz and Mark Sommerhauser, “State Producers Battling Through Trade War,” Wisconsin State Journal, 7/2/2018)

TARIFFS LED MILWAUKEE-BASED HARLEY-DAVIDSON TO MOVE PRODUCTION OVERSEAS. “The quintessential American brand, Harley-Davidson, is shifting some production overseas to avoid EU regulatory tariffs — but not without some commentary from the President Donald Trump. Even with President Trump’s disapproval, the Milwaukee-based company views offshore production as ‘the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the EU and maintain a viable business in Europe.’ The Trump administration slapped tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from the EU, Mexico, and Canada, earlier this month.” (Carson Kessler, “Why Harley-Davidson Is Moving Production Overseas,” Fortune, 6/26/18)

WISCONSIN COMPANIES LOOK TO MOVE PRODUCTION OVERSEAS AMID TRADE WAR. “Regal Ware, a West Bend manufacturer of cookware with 322 employees, says about 50 jobs are at risk from the tariffs. ‘We are now in a position where we need to explore the possibility of manufacturing some of our product overseas,’ said Doug Reigle, a company vice president in supply chain management. ‘It is doubtful we would put any more major investments into our facilities as long as the current conditions exist. We have slowed down hiring even though we have 13 open manufacturing positions,’ he added.” (Rick Barrett, “Trump’s Trade War Sweeps Across Wisconsin, Raising Prices And Putting Jobs At Risk,” Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, 7/24/18)

 

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Tariff Pain Continues to Spread Across the Country As Trade War Continues

White House Begins Another Pro-Tariff Push, but State-by-State, Tariffs Are Still Hurting Americans 

WASHINGTON – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, responded today to the latest push by the White House to promote tariffs in a series of state-by-state media calls.

“The longer the trade war lasts, the more harm it will cause Americans across the country,” said Tariffs Hurt the Heartland Spokesman Brian Kuehl. “The evidence is already in: tariffs are hurting families, small businesses, farmers, manufacturers, and retailers in all 50 states. The current trade agenda is a drag on every corner of our economy and that pain will only get worse as the trade war continues.”

PENNSYLVANIA: Consumers Paying $45 Million a Month More Thanks to Tariffs – and Price Tag Could Reach $1.7 Billion

Thanks to Trump-imposed tariffs, Pennsylvanians are paying $45 million more a month for internationally sourced goods, according to data complied by consulting firm Trade Partnership and released by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland. On steel alone, the state spent an additional $98 million on ‘section 232 tariffs,’ primarily on steel from Russia, aluminum from Canada, rebar from Turkey, and forklift parts from China.” (Sam Wood, “Trump Tariffs Toll on Pa. Industry: $98M Extra for Steel and an Anxious Business Climate,” Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/12/18)

“The $45 million-per-month figure in Pennsylvania is the fifth-largest among all states, behind Illinois ($70 million), Michigan ($71 million), California $116 million) and Texas ($166 million), according to The Trade Partnership. Steel and aluminum were once duty free, but after Section 232, U.S. companies paid an additional $1.5 billion, according to the Partnership. The tariffs on steel cost Pennsylvania companies nearly $100 million alone. Since the first round of additional tariffs went into effect on March 23, and through and including August, Pennsylvania paid more than $98 million in steel tariffs, according to the data.” (Kenneth Hilario, “Here’s How Much Pa. Companies Are Paying in Tariffs,” Philadelphia Business Journal, 10/11/18)

“Take Pennsylvania, where 1.6 million of its people have jobs dependent on foreign trade: That includes those in natural gas production as well as steel and agriculture. The natural gas, for example, could get exported to China, which will now get it from Qatar, United Arab Emirates or Russia. Pennsylvania is already feeling pain from the solar tariffs imposed earlier in the year. Overall, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that tariffs could cost the state $1.7 billion.” (Ken Silverstein, “Trump’s Trade War with China Is Hurting Those Energy-Producing States He Won,” Forbes, 10/11/18)

NEW YORK: ‘Casualties Mounting’ in Agriculture, Retail

“To the surprise of perhaps only the president, this trade war has not so far helped U.S. businesses. It’s made doing international commerce much more expensive. It’s at this point that Mr. Trump should have realized the potential harm his tariffs would do to businesses of all sizes in many industries. The reasonable move would be to withdraw the tariffs and allow the free market to function for everyone’s benefit. … Agriculture is the foundation of the north country’s economy. We understand how vital it is for farmers to succeed each year. When they hurt, we all hurt.” (EDITORIAL: “Casualties Mounting: International Trade War Hurting Farmers and Other Industries,” Watertown Daily Times, 9/2/18)

“New York Farmers are generally celebrated at the New York State Fair.  But today some of those farmers made a call from the fairgrounds to end tariffs and a trade war they say is hurting them and local economies. … The tariffs are not just on dairy; they’re also impacting New York soybeans, wine, maple and apples.  Further, tariffs on steel are driving up the cost of farm equipment.  Farm Bureau President David Fisher adds the recent trade tensions come at a time that was already tough.” (Chris Bolt & John Smith, “NYS Farmers Plead for End of Tariffs & Trade War at State Fair,” WAER, 8/30/18)

SOUTH CAROLINA: Tariffs Forcing South Carolina Manufacturers to Cut Jobs, Move Operations Overseas

“Volvo, which recently started production in Berkeley County, could shift some of its vehicle assembly to China, cutting back on the number of employees in the Charleston area and its planned economic investment here. BMW, which operates a large facility in Greer, hasn’t yet said it would move production elsewhere, but is predicting losses of up to $500 million annually if Chinese tariffs on foreign automotive imports remain in place. … As much as $3.9 billion in South Carolina exports to China are threatened by tariffs, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In the short-term, Mr. Trump’s escalating trade war could mean higher prices for consumers. In the long-term, it could mean lost jobs and investment.” (Editorial, “Don’t Let Trump’s Trade War Kill SC Jobs and Investment,” Charleston Post and Courier, 10/16/18)

“Beleaguered Fairfield County is losing another 126 jobs after TV-maker Element Electronics said Monday it will close its Winnsboro plant in response to tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump. The layoffs come a year after Cayce-based SCE&G and state-owned Santee Cooper canceled their decadelong effort to build two nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, putting 5,000 construction workers out of work and wiping away a promised economic boon to the poor, rural county.” (Avery G. Wilks, “Fairfield Losing Another 126 Jobs After TV-Maker Closes Plant, Citing Trump Tariffs,” The State, 8/6/18)

TENNESSEE: Manufacturers Say Tariffs Make It Impossible to Compete with Foreign Companies

“Executives from six area companies employing more than 1,000 Tennesseans described the significant price increases on steel, both domestic and imported, that they said are impairing their ability to compete against foreign companies. According to the Aug. 13 letter, steel prices are the highest they have been since 2008 and they have increased by 43 percent since this time last year. ‘These employees and our businesses depend on access to competitively priced steel to fabricate our products and compete in a global marketplace,’ the leaders wrote. ‘We cannot compete globally when the cost of our most important input has spiked and delivery times are extended.’” (Jamie McGee, “Tennessee Manufacturers Urge Trump to Rescind Steel Tariffs,” Nashville Tennessean, 8/20/18)

“The Trump administration’s new tariffs on aluminum and steel and the threat of more duties on imported cars and car parts will weaken the U.S. economy and inflict serious damage on the nation’s auto industry, a panel of trade analysts warned Wednesday. Americans will pay thousands of dollars more for new cars and trucks as a result of the tariffs, and as many as 700,000 workers in the auto industry could lose their jobs, the analysts told a Senate committee.” (Michael Collins, “Tariffs on Imported Cars, Parts Could Harm U.S. Economy and Auto Industry, Experts Warn,” USA Today, 9/5/18)

OHIO: Farmers Caught in Trade War Crossfire Face Tough Choices

“Ohio farmers are facing tough decisions as the escalating trade war with China drops the market value of crops during a potentially record harvest season for some growers. Weather conditions this summer are expected to lead to above average yield for Southwest Ohio farmers, who are being forced to figure out how they’ll store corn and soybeans instead of selling their crops for nearly 50 percent less than they could six years ago. Caught in the crossfire of tariffs on Chinese imports and retaliatory tariffs from China, farmers are seeing several factors compounding to make this year especially challenging.” (Holly Shively, “Ohio Farmers Face Tough Economic Conditions Amid Trade War Crossfire,” Dayton Daily News, 10/1/18)

President Donald Trump reached a new trade agreement this week with Mexico and Canada, but Ohio soy farmers say they are still feeling pain from the trade war with China. ‘The retaliatory tariffs in China have increased the price of soybeans from Ohio producers, preventing Ohio farmers from trading with its Chinese trade partners,’ economist Andrew Kidd told Watchdog.org. ‘Due to the tariffs, farmers would receive less for the soybeans they are able to trade with China and, because of that, it is not profitable to be a soybean farmer.’ … Kidd said it would be difficult for farmers to replace Chinese partnerships and the losses they expect to incur could cause many of them to go out of business and lose their farms unless the trade war ends. China, he said, likely will import soybeans from other countries to compensate for their losses in trade with the U.S.” (Trump Eases Some Trade Tension, but Ohio Soy Farmers Still Feel Pain,” Watchdog.org, 10/4/18

MICHIGAN: “Michigan’s Largest Industry Could Get Walloped”

“But if the Trump administration follows through on other threat of imposing tariffs on all car imports on the premise they pose a national security threat, Michigan’s largest industry could get walloped, according to a recent study by the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research. U.S. auto sales could plunge by as much as 2 million vehicles a year, resulting in the loss of up to 715,000 U.S. jobs, the report warns. The glut could reduce gross domestic product by as much as $62 billion, the study says.” (“U.S., China Hike Tariffs As Trade War Intensifies,” Crain’s Detroit Business, 9/24/18)

“Ford Motor Co has seen higher steel and aluminum costs driven by trade tariffs bite into profit, but is hopeful the United States and China can avoid further tensions that could make things more costly, a top Ford executive said on Monday. … The U.S. auto industry has warned against imposing more tariffs on Chinese products, saying that doing so would harm vehicle sales and cost jobs.” (Ben Klayman, “Ford Sees Higher Metal Costs, Hopes China and U.S. Can Settle Trade Issues,” Reuters, 10/22/18)

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ICYMI: As POTUS Visits Houston, Tariff Data Highlights Cost of Trade War for Texas

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will visit Texas this evening, just days after the Dallas Morning News reported that the trade war has already cost $654 million in the Lone Star State. Before the President rallies in Houston tonight, be sure to check out this report about how his trade policies are causing pain across the Texas economy – pain that won’t stop unless the trade war comes to an end.

Texas Companies Paid $654M More in Tariffs This Summer Than the Last Amid Trump’s Trade War

Dallas Morning News

By Tom Benning

October 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — Texas companies paid $654 million more in tariffs in June through August than in the same three-month stretch the year prior, a 142 percent increase that comes as a direct consequence of President Donald Trump’s sprawling trade war.

That’s one of the major findings in an analysis released Thursday by the Tariffs Hurt the Heartland campaign, a national coalition of business and farm groups.

The startling jump in import levies jibes with the impact that’s been reported anecdotally by Texas businesses over the last several months as Trump has imposed tariffs on washing machines, solar panels, steel and aluminum, and an enormous list of goods produced in China.

Affected businesses may be forced to reduce investment and hiring as a result, while consumers could end up feeling the pinch by way of higher prices.

“This affects our bottom line,” said Texas Ale Project president Kat Thompson, explaining how the aluminum tariffs are hitting her company’s beer cans. “You may think, ‘OK, a one-cent increase on a can, whoop-de-doo.’ But it adds up real fast when you’re talking about 100,000 cans.”

Texas has been on the front lines of Trump’s trade war from the start, thanks to a trade-heavy economy that features strong ties to Mexico, Canada and other commercial hubs.

In addition to the duties Trump has put on goods coming into the U.S., Texas farmers, ranchers and other businesses have suffered due to retaliatory tariffs from countries across the globe that now cover billions of dollars in Lone Star State exports.

While Texas lawmakers in both parties have generally pushed back against Trump’s tariffs, the president has threatened to enact even more.

Trump has cited the levies as an effective way to gain leverage over America’s trading partners and get better deals for the U.S. He made that case, for instance, while touting the accord the U.S. reached late last month with Canada and Mexico on a new North American Free Trade Agreement.

“Without tariffs, we wouldn’t be talking about a deal,” he said then, referring to what he’s calling the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. “Just for those babies out there that keep talking about tariffs. That includes Congress.”

The Tariffs Hurt the Heartland campaign, as its name suggests, is unabashedly opposed to the import levies. But its new analysis, compiled by the Trade Partnership, was done using publicly available national and state-level trade data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The findings reflect common sense: The amount of levies paid jumps when there are more tariffs.

It does take some time for the tariffs to really take hold, thanks to complex supply chains and the fact that Trump has imposed the duties in stages. But the data shows clear increases in tariffs paid starting in June, both in Texas and across the U.S.

Some of that bump can be explained by a simple increase in the value of imports, though tariffs tend to have ripple effects beyond just the goods they cover.

But even when isolating the data to just the products now subject to Trump’s tariffs, Texas companies paid $494 million more tariffs in June through August than in the same three-month stretch the year prior, the Tariffs Hurt the Heartland analysis found.

That amount is relatively small compared to the $263 billion in imports that Texas received last year overall. Trump administration officials have pledged that some short-term pain will lead to a long-term gain, pointing to renewed trade talks with Japan, the European Union and others as proof.

And some sectors have hailed the protectionist moves — with Trump pointing out that the steel industry, including in Texas, has announced additional hiring in the tariffs’ wake.

“One of things we’re most proud about is what’s happened with our steel industry. Our steel industry was dead. … It was dead as a doornail,” said Trump, who often adds that the health of America’s steel sector is a matter of national security. “Steel is through the roof now.”

But the tariff costs can add up in a meaningful way for a wide range of industries, since the levies cover everything from appliances to furniture to car parts to Christmas lights to coffins.

Texas’ oil and gas sector, for instance, has bemoaned the effect that the steel tariffs are having on pipeline construction and other activity. Texas’ semiconductor industry has said the levies on Chinese goods mean that they end up paying tariffs on their own products.

Some Texas businesses, particularly in the retail sector, rely heavily on imports.

“Unfortunately, the current tariff list impacts around 85 percent of the products we sell in our store,”  Tiffany Williams, owner of the Luggage Shop in Lubbock, said Thursday at an event organized by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland at Texas Ale Project’s brewery in Dallas.

Texas farmers and ranchers, among others, are feeling the other side of that burn. Retaliatory tariffs imposed by China, Canada, Mexico and the EU make those Texans’ goods more expensive in foreign markets, with key exports like grain sorghum, pecans and cotton taking the hit.

While the Trump administration has launched a program to provide $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers and ranchers harmed by the trade war, the agricultural community remains concerned.

“Agriculture is bearing the brunt of these retaliations at a time when we can least afford it,” said Scott Frazier, a South Texas farmer and rancher who explained that he’s personally seen grain sorghum shipments from the Port of Corpus Christi to China plummet in recent months.

When and how all of this reaches consumers is an open question.

Some businesses may be able to eat the added costs. Others will not, and prices have already starting increasing on washing machines, refrigerators, outdoor grills and other items that include lots of steel or aluminum, according to government data and anecdotal reports.

But there is no doubt that the issue has the attention of Texas politicians, with trade emerging as a key issue in the high-profile Senate race between Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

While both candidates have expressed their displeasure with Trump’s tariffs, they’ve sparred over how best to handle the matter. Cruz, a Republican, has said that he, unlike O’Rourke, has a relationship with Trump and is able to push the president to reduce trade barriers.

“I have made the case repeatedly to President Trump that in trade we should be expanding our access to foreign markets,” he said Tuesday during a televised debate in San Antonio, citing Trump’s deal on a new NAFTA as a success.

O’Rourke, a Democrat, countered by accusing Cruz of being “all talk and no action.”

“If you have this special relationship with President Trump, then where is the result of that?” he said.

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While President Visits Elko, Trade War Continues to Hurt Nevada Families

QUOTE FROM TARIFFS HURT THE HEARTLAND SPOKESPERSON BRIAN KUEHL: “With a large agriculture industry that supports the state’s rural economy and an important advanced manufacturing base, the trade war is hitting Nevada where it hurts most. The pain will only continue as tariffs take an effect on everyday necessities, driving up prices for the items that Nevadans buy most. Tariffs are taxes that hurt everyone, including families, workers, farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and retailers. As the trade war keeps escalating, communities like Elko will continue to suffer.”

TARIFFS ARE PART OF ‘PERFECT STORM’ SLAMMING NEVADA FARMS. “A wall of surplus beef, Donald Trump’s trade wars, and a drop in demand for milk and cheese threaten profits for Nevada’s $1 billion farming and ranching industries. … ‘We’re stable for now but it’s like a perfect storm,’ [Nevada Dairymen manager Libby] Lovig says of the tariffs, reduction in demand and accompanying price drops that threaten Nevada’s $170 million dairy industry. … [Nevada Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Doug] Busselman says much of the milk produced in Nevada goes through a Dairy Farmers of America processing plant in Fallon, where it’s turned into powdered milk that fetches a premium on the export market. ‘With the trade war going on with China, they’ve also been affected there. It’s not competitive for it to be sold so it’s going to other places for other uses instead of the price they were expecting to get shipping to China,’ he says.” (Dana Gentry, “Trump Tariffs Strengthen ‘Perfect Storm’ Slamming Nevada Farms,” Nevada Current, 9/11/18)

TRADE WAR BRINGS HIGHER COSTS FOR NEVADA HOMEBUILDERS. “Las Vegas homebuilders are fetching rapid sales and record prices, a new report shows, but President Donald Trump’s tariffs are inflating construction costs amid heightened affordability concerns. … His levies on imported lumber, steel and aluminum have sparked concerns that the higher costs will slow development and push up prices for buyers and renters. The Trump administration’s 20-percent tariffs on imported Canadian softwood lumber, for instance, ‘are needlessly increasing lumber prices’ and ‘making housing less affordable for American families,’ according to the National Association of Home Builders.” (Eli Segall, “Trump Tariffs Raising Costs for Las Vegas Homebuilders,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 9/26/18)

MINING INDUSTRY EXPERT: ‘LOOKS LIKE A COST INCREASE FOR US.’ “However, the major impact I see for mining is that we are major consumers of finished steel and aluminum products and, in general, consumers bear the brunt of cost increases in manufactured goods driven by a price increase of input materials. … To me it looks like a cost increase for us. Hard to say how big or for how long, but these tariffs will not help the mining industry and could put a significant dampener on expansion.” (Dan Taylor, “Trade War. What’s It Good For?” Elko Daily Free Press, 9/20/18)

NEVADA LIKELY TO GET HIT HARDER BY TARIFFS THAN OTHER STATES. “Then there’s Nevada. The steel tariffs have already prompted concerns here over their effect on the price of steel for buildings and infrastructure projects, but as Trump threatens to tax every product coming from China, the effect in Nevada could be worse than in other states. Nevada is among 23 states for whom China is the largest trade partner.” (Editorial, “Casualties of Trump’s Trade War Have Been American Businesses,” Las Vegas Sun, 8/13/18)

TESLA ANNOUNCED NEW FACTORY IN CHINA THANKS TO SPIKE IN PRICE OF AMERICAN-BUILT CARS. “Tesla announced plans Tuesday to build a new factory in Shanghai that’s expected to make 500,000 electric vehicles annually within about five years. But the long-expected expansion abroad can’t come a moment too soon for Tesla, which is getting hit hard by increased Chinese vehicle tariffs imposed on imported vehicles. Tesla raised prices on cars in China after the trade dispute between President Donald Trump and China prompted the tariff hike from 25 percent to 40 percent. Manufacturing the vehicles in China would exempt them from those tariffs.” (Nathan Bomey, “Tesla to Build Factory in China as Tariffs Bring Urgency,” USA Today, 7/10/18)

NEVADA BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN FEELING STING OF TRADE WAR FOR MONTHS. “From the cost of raw materials used by various industries in the state to more than $107 million in exports threatened by tariffs, the burgeoning trade war is making its mark on a wide range of Nevada businesses. These include the state’s steel fabricators, who have seen the price of the material surge throughout the year. Even before new tariffs went into effect, steel costs started seeing a steady increase earlier this year as the Trump administration signaled its trade plans, said Justin Ivory, president of A-1 Steel in Sparks. ‘Depending on which item it is, we’re seeing an increase anywhere from 25 percent to 40 percent,’ Ivory said.” (Jason Hidalgo, “Escalating Tariff War Starting to Impact Nevada Businesses,” Reno Gazette Journal, 7/9/18)

TRADE SUPPORTS ALMOST 368,000 NEVADA JOBS. “About $75 billion worth of total exports from the U.S. are subject to retaliatory tariffs, with $107 million of that coming from Nevada, according to an analysis released Monday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In Nevada, a variety of exports— including breads, playing cards and steel — are threatened. About 367,800 Nevada jobs are supported by trade, according to the Chamber.” (Bailey Schulz, “$107M of Nevada Exports Threatened By Retaliatory Tariffs,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 7/2/18)

President’s Visit Serves As Reminder – Tariffs Tax Arizona

During Arizona Visit Today, President Trump Should Listen to Residents Hurt by His Trade Policies

QUOTE FROM TARIFFS HURT THE HEARTLAND SPOKESMAN BRIAN KUEHL. “Tariffs are causing pain for famiilies, workers, and businesses across Arizona. Prices for everyday goods are going up and families are paying more just to buy essential items like groceries and clothes. At the same time, the cost of doing business is rising while export markets disappear, putting jobs and livelihoods at risk. The trade war needs to end before it causes even more damage to Arizona’s economy.”

ARIZONA AGRICULTURE ‘TENUOUS’ THANKS TO LOW PRICES AND PRODUCT SUPRLUS. “After months of tariffs and trade wars, local experts say Arizona agriculture is being impacted by low prices and uncertainty about the future. Eric Wilkey, president of Arizona Grain, said it’s getting difficult for farmers to find a crop to grow that’s not being impacted by international tariffs. Farmers are starting to lose their patience, he added, as the outlook for the industry is looking more ‘tenuous.’” (Kevin Reagan, “Tariffs Boost Pinal Food Banks While Hurting Growers,” Pinal Central, 10/9/18)

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA ECONOMIST: “THIS IS NOT A GOOD SITUATION FOR THE U.S.”: “‘What it will do is not only make our industries less competitive, make domestically produced products more expensive here in the U.S.,’ Hammond said. Hammond says Tucsonans can expect to feel their wallets being a little lighter in about six months as a result of the tariffs making domestic products far more expensive. He also says the agricultural and industrial sectors are expected to feel the impact the most.” (Emily Biehl, “How U.S. Vs. Mexico Trade War Will Affect You,” Tucson News Now, 8/13/18)

ARIZONA DAIRY FARMS ARE SHUTTING DOWN BECAUSE TARIFFS COST $2,000 PER DAY. “[Keith] Murfield says that the new tariffs on dairy exports are placing almost every dairy farm in this state underwater. ‘Oh, absolutely. It is a direct hit. I would say since this tariff went on, it has probably cost an Arizona dairy producer — since June 1 — around $2,000 a day,’ said Murfield. Arizona Dairy farmer Jim Boyle says a 25 percent tariff to ship to Mexico is a deal breaker. ‘Twenty-five percent basically prices American products out of the market in Mexico. So we really struggle to export south of here. Our markets there really dried up over the Summer,’ said Boyle. He says out of 50 Arizona dairy farmers, three have already gone out of business this year and three more will like close down the first of next year. He blames the losses on the new tariffs.” (Nancy Montoya, “Dairymen: Mexico’s Answer to Steel Tariffs Is Devastating Arizona Dairy Farms,” Arizona Public Media, 10/5/18)

CROP PRICES ARE ‘GONNA GO DOWN.’ “China imposes a 7-percent tariff on pecans and all American nuts and now the country is threatening to raise that up to 22 percent. Greg Fonsah is an agriculture economics professor at the University of Georgia. ‘What’s going to happen to the excess? The excess is going to float in the American market,’ Fonsah said. ‘So it’s going to dampen the market and the prices are gonna go down.’ Whether Arizona pecans end up in China or not, the depressed pecan prices would hurt growers here too. ‘It’s true that we might start looking for new markets,’ Fonsah said. ‘If we look for new markets, we don’t know how much quantity they’re going to take, so we’re going to have excess in the U.S.’” (Casey Kuhn, “Arizona Pecan Farmers Grew Record 2017 Crop, Eye Possible New Tariffs,” Fronteras, 7/5/18)

FARM BUREAU: ‘THERE’S NO DOUBT’ TARIFFS WILL HURT ARIZONA: “The agriculture industry in Arizona accounts for $23.3 billion of our state economy, so it’s fairly significant and important. In terms of nationwide, Arizona is important for its diversity. We don’t have a large footprint. Other states don’t have the diversity like we do and the ability to produce food year-round. … The USDA has forecasted in the next ten years our market share in foreign markets are going to drop because other countries are catching up with us in terms of their efficiencies, and we are missing out on some of these trade negotiations. It will hurt us, there’s no doubt.” (“Arizona Farmers Suffer If Trump Passes Tariffs On China,” Arizona PBS, 7/9/18)

NEARLY 770,000 ARIZONA JOBS DEPEND ON TRADE. “Dick Walden is a third-generation pecan farmer in Sahuarita, AZ, where his family owns and operates the sprawling 4,500 acre Green Valley Pecan Farm. He and his fellow Arizona farmers produced more than 28 million pounds of pecans last year alone, a large share of which was sold to customers overseas. Now, with the escalating trade war and ever-present threat of more tariffs, Walden’s business and the state’s entire agricultural industry are at risk. ‘There are many unintended consequences due to the ripple effect of imposing tariffs and then having a tit-for-tat retaliatory tariffs from our trading partners,’ Walden told a local newspaper. ‘I’m greatly concerned.’” (Isabelle Lavin, “’It’s Bad News for Us: ‘Arizona’s Farmers, Manufacturers, Brewers Among Trade War’s Victims,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 8/17/18)

STEEL TARIFFS ARE AFFECTING THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING FROM BUILDINGS TO BEER CANS TO AEROSPACE PARTS – ARIZONA’S LARGEST EXPORT, WORTH MORE THAN $2.1 BILLION IN 2017, ACCORDING TO THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU. “The European Commission said the move to impose tariffs of 25 percent tariff on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum marked a ‘bad day for world trade.’

Those comments were echoed by Mark Fultz, vice president and general manager of Able Steel Fabricators, who called the imposition of tariffs a ‘lose-lose proposition for us fabricators.’ The Mesa-based company has worked on projects including the spring training facility for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, and the Tempe Center for the Arts, among others.

Fultz said the construction industry will either come to a ‘screeching halt’ when customers refuse to pay higher prices tariffs will bring, or subcontractors will be forced to eat the higher cost. He said domestic steel manufacturers already started to increase prices when tariffs were raised on imports from other countries.” (“New Steel, Aluminum Tariffs Worry Arizona Firms,” AZ Big Media, 6/4/18)

President Trump Attends Rally in Missoula, Montana while Trade War Impact Continues

QUOTE FROM TARIFFS HURT THE HEARTLAND SPOKESMAN BRIAN KUEHL: “Montana farmers, manufacturers, workers, and families are all being hurt by tariffs that raise prices for everyday goods and make it harder for businesses to keep their doors open. Tariffs will only continue to cause pain in Montana and across the country as tariffs drive up costs and reduce exports. The trade war needs to end before it results in even more economic harm.”

TRADE CONFLICT ‘COULD HAVE DEVASTING EFFECTS ON AGRICULTURE IN MONTANA.’ “‘On the short term I’m really concerned,’ said Stoner who expressed concern for market development programs like the Foreign Market Development and Foreign Market Access programs that support overseas offices promoting American goods. According to Stoner, the U.S. exports over 80 percent of wheat grown in the country, and if you couple cuts to foreign market development with the growing trade conflict, he feels it could have devastating effects on agriculture producers in Montana. (A.J. Etherington, “Montana Senators Talk Farm Bill, Set to Expire Sept. 30,” The Courier, 9/26/18)

TRADE AID PACKAGE ‘IS NOT ENOUGH.’ “‘People are hurting across the country,’ said Ben Peterson. ‘USDA just came out with new facts today that show U.S. agriculture exports are down twenty percent this month and last month when compared to last year. When we export eighty percent of our crop, that is hugely impactful to the state of Montana. The Trade Aid Package refunds that the federal government is trying to give for the harm the trade war is having on ag is a drop in the bucket. It’s not enough, and we need to let our representatives know that, so they can do something that will make life better for Montana ag.’” (Lane Nordlund, “Montana Ag Network: Montana Farmers Union hits D.C.,” KTVQ.com, 9/17/18)

TARIFFS TARGET MULTIPLE SECTORS IN MONTANA. “‘For Montana, other commodities are also being hurt. Our producers are already suffering from the 25 percent import tariff on American pork and are bracing for the impacts on beef. Mexico has also targeted these two sectors in response to the steel tariffs,’ Jones said.” (Traci Eatherton, “More tariffs,” Tri-State Livestock News, 9/27/18)

AS USDA AID PROGRAM LAUNCHES, ‘BETTER SOLUTION WOULD BE TO NOT HAVE TARIFFS IN THE FIRST PLACE.’ “Earlier this summer, the USDA authorized $12 billion in assistance programs for tariff-affected farmers. … ‘The better solution would be not to have the tariffs in the first place,’ says Dr. Vincent Smith, a professor of agricultural economics in the MSU School of Agriculture.” (Jackie Coffin, “Payments Begin for Farmers Hurt By US-China Trade War,” ABC FOX Montana, 8/29/18)

  • FARMERS: ‘COULD WE PLEASE HAVE AN UNRESTRAINED MARKET BACK?’ “‘Many agricultural interest groups and many farmers have said ‘could we please have an unconstrained market back” in the global context,’ Smith said. Smith explains there is concern that once the US loses the Chinese soybean market, it may not come back, as Brazilian soybean farmers could move in and sign a short-term agreement with China.” (Jackie Coffin, “Payments Begin for Farmers Hurt By US-China Trade War,” ABC FOX Montana, 8/29/18)
  • ‘WE DON’T WANT TO BE RELIANT ON SUBSIDIES FROM THE GOVERNMENT.’ “[Montana Farmer Brett] Nedens says the aid package is helpful, but not the long-term solution farmers are looking for. ‘Farmers want [to be] paid for the value of their products in the markets,’ Nedens said. ‘Nobody wants subsidies because for one subsidies aren’t a certain thing. We don’t want to be reliant on subsidies from the government.’” (Jackie Coffin, “Payments Begin for Farmers Hurt By US-China Trade War,” ABC FOX Montana, 8/29/18)

TARIFFS CAUSED ‘IMMEDIATE HARDSHIPS’ FOR MONTANA FARMERS. “Montana grain growers said Tuesday they’re seeing some immediate hardships from tariffs enacted by Republican President Donald Trump. … ‘Losing markets would leave the state in a lurch,’ said Lola Raska, the executive vice president of the Montana Grain Growers Association. ‘If something happens where we can’t export, everybody else is going to grow wheat in a heartbeat, and even soybeans. … We could have a big surplus of wheat in a hurry,’ Raska said.” (Holly K. Michels, “Montana Grain Growers Tell Rosendale They’re Still Weathering Trump’s Tariff Storm,” The Missoulian, 8/21/18)

TARIFFS WIPE OUT PROFITS FOR WHEAT FARMERS. “Lyle Benjamin, the vice president of the Montana Grain Growers Association and a wheat farmer in Sunburst, said the tariffs have wiped out the small profit margins for many farmers in the state this year. ‘It’s taking out the meat and digging into the bone,’ he said. ‘We are very concerned about the effects of the tariffs. We had a D4 drought (the most extreme drought classification) in eastern Montana last year, and this is as bad or worse than that. It affects the entire grain complex in the U.S.’” (David Erickson, “Trump’s Tariffs Stifling Montana Metal Manufacturers, Farmers; Boosting Lumber Mills,” Helena Independent Record, 7/29/18)

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New Data on Tariff Impacts Released at Town Hall with Texas Farmers and Businesses

As he visits Texas next week, President Trump should listen to the Texans bearing the costs of the trade war

DALLAS, Texas – A group of Texas-based businesses and farmers joined Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, at a town hall today to unveil the latest economic data showing how tariffs are directly impacting the Texas economy. The statistics, which were compiled by The Trade Partnership, revealed that tariffs cost Texas businesses $424 million in the month of August alone. This represents a 163 percent increase in tariff-related costs compared to this point last year, even though the value of exports increased just 30 percent. These costs are borne directly by the hardworking Texans that the administration promised to protect.

Total Tariffs Paid by Texas Businesses Per Month

At the Texas Ale Project in Dallas, local business owners and farmers discussed how these tariffs are making it harder for them to compete and make a living. “Right now Texas Ale Project is concerned about the supply levels and pricing of aluminum cans and lids for our canned beers,” said Kat Thompson, CEO of Texas Ale Project. “Normally we order with a 3-week lead time on receiving the lids; however, just recently our supplier informed us this has jumped to a 12-14 week lead time. We were told the large beverage manufacturers were buying up their supplies of aluminum lids, which the supplier attributed to an anticipation of cost increases due to the steel and aluminum tariffs.”

Tiffany Williams, who owns the Luggage Shop of Lubbock, said that tariffs are affecting her local business too. “Unfortunately, the current tariff list impacts around 85 percent of the products we sell in our store, including all luggage, briefcases, backpacks and most travel accessories. Many of our primary vendors have already announced immediate price increases that are having a negative impact on our October business.”

Scott Frazier, a south Texas farmer and Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas Farm Bureau, warned that tariffs will have long-term consequences for agriculture by shuttering the foreign markets that farmers in Texas and across the country depend on: “One quarter of our agricultural products grown in the U.S. are exported to other countries. The economic well-being of American agriculture depends on maintaining and strengthening our export markets, and farm and ranch families depend on this to survive.”

With President Trump slated to visit Houston next week, Tiffany Melvin, President of the North American Strategy for Competitiveness, stressed that policymakers should heed the advice of her fellow panelists: “Town hall meetings like these give us an opportunity to come together to discuss critical issues and solutions, and to join forces to communicate the important positive messages of free trade. Hopefully, we will help people understand that tariffs hurt everyone.”

As the nation’s leading exporter, Texas faces increased risk of long-term damage because of tariffs, warned John Gonzales of the US Chamber of Commerce: “Because of retaliatory tariffs from China, the EU, Canada and Mexico, $13 billion worth of ‘Made in Texas’ products and over 3 million jobs are at stake. The U.S. needs free and fair trade, but imposing tariffs to get there is the wrong approach.”

The town hall meeting also included the owner of a Texas brewery and other local voices and experts who discussed how these tariffs are impacting their consumers; their ability to invest in their businesses and farms; their exports; and the impact on jobs and hiring.

Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is backed by over 100 of the nation’s largest trade organizations that represent thousands of workers and businesses across the country. The campaign recently released an interactive, searchable map (TariffsHurt.com) that allows users to find stories across the country of how tariffs are impacting local communities. Learn more about the campaign here, or read about us in the New York Times, Bloomberg, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Join the conversation on Twitter using #TariffsHurt.

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