Position statement:

CPA supports a domestic industrial strategy, including trade and tariff policy, that restores a broad array of industrial supply chains to the United States.


Strategy Summary:

America has become weaker and poorer in recent decades by pursuing trade agreements and policies that encourage economic deindustrialization. Millions of good paying jobs, thousands of manufacturing firms, and scores of industries have been lost. Our country has shifted too far towards the service sector which too often consists of low wage, low hour jobs, generates too little productivity, and exacerbates income insecurity. China and other trade competitor countries have outperformed us in the quantity and quality of industries and employment which give rise to prosperity and national strength.

CPA supports trade policies that support, rather than cripple, a national strategy to rebuild our economy into a wealth producing engine that generates broadly shared prosperity. We support increasing tariffs to address trade cheating, achieve reciprocal market access and to protect the industries important to our economy. CPA believes it is crucial to achieve balanced trade to ced future growth.

Fixing WTO Tariff Unfairness

The WTO system locks in nonreciprocal tariffs against the U.S. giving all foreign producers a large trade advantage against our domestic companies and workers. America’s WTO bound tariffs average the lowest, at 3.4%. Foreign nations enjoy WTO flexibility to raise tariffs higher than we can. This unfairness can and should be fixed within WTO rules if the President chooses to do so. Click the link to see how these WTO rules allow us to pursue tariff reform and fix the unfairness.

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

Miscellaneous Tariff Bills are advertised as temporarily reducing or eliminating tariffs on intermediate products used by American manufacturers that are not produced or available domestically. The truth is that this process is used by vendors with no domestic manufacturing to speak of, importing finished goods and undermining our domestic producers and their domestic supply chain.

De Minimis Imports Hurt American Workers and the Public Health

De minimis imports are the gateway for every fly-by-night foreign vendor to ship directly into the United States. When a package receives de minimis treatment, it arrives without the need of a customs broker or bond, without paying any tariffs or taxes, and without meaningful possibility of regulatory oversight.

Codified in Section 321 of the Tariff Act of 1930 as an administrative exemption for imports under $1, lobbyists for express shippers and ecommerce platforms convinced Congress to raise the threshold to a disastrous $800.

U.S. companies and workers are subjected to a new level of job-destroying competition. Illicit drugs, such as fentanyl, and counterfeit goods are shipped directly to US consumers while evading detection.

The predictable result is a major calamity putting U.S. producers and traditional retailers out of business and destroying jobs. Our permissiveness is also causing lawlessness at the ports, allowing a tidal wave of counterfeit and dangerous goods to flood in.

CPA is fighting in Congress to lower the de minimis threshold to $9 among other reforms. To learn more about the history of de minimis, its abuse, and what CPA is doing, open the memo below.

Our issue experts are available for media interviews. Please Contact Nick Iacovella, CPA Communications Director to learn more.

P: 202-688-5145 ext 0 | E: nick@prosperousamerica.org

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