WASHINGTON – October 4, 2021 – National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas today released a statement following U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai’s speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, describing the trade policy of the Biden administration in China.
National Council of Textile Organizations President and CEO Kim Glas made the following statement:
We support the Biden administration’s plan presented today by U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai to enforce the Phase 1 agreement with China and maintain tariffs on textile products and textiles. finished clothes. We believe it is important to hold China accountable for the widespread intellectual property theft and persistent predatory business practices that have plagued US manufacturers and its workforce.
China’s widespread abuse of intellectual property rights and other illegal business activities has gone on for far too long at the direct expense of US manufacturers and the loss of millions of US manufacturing jobs. U.S. Textile Industry Supports President’s Authority to Use Section 301 to Combat China’s Unhindered Practice of Intellectual Property Theft, Which Has Negatively Impacted the Entire Production Line textile and clothing industries in the United States and other manufacturing industries for decades.
NCTO has strongly supported the application of tariffs on finished products in our sector as a key negotiating lever with the Chinese. The NCTO also supports a targeted and limited exclusion process for a small list of inputs such as dyes, chemicals and textile machinery that are not available in the country and that allow US manufacturers to compete on the world market.
We also appreciate the administration’s support for strengthening US purchasing policies and investing in the US manufacturing base. We urge the administration to impose duties on finished medical protective equipment (PPE) to support domestic textile companies that have produced more than one billion items of PPE since the start of the COVID pandemic. While tariffs are not the only mechanism in the toolkit, there is a need to ensure a holistic approach to the offshoring and offshoring of these critical supply chains, a key priority for the Biden administration and our manufacturers. nationals who increased production overnight to help in the current crisis. .
Finally, we strongly support the administration’s intention to address broader systemic issues in our trade relationship with China, in particular the need to address the unfair advantages that flow from endemic state ownership of manufacturing and manufacturing. widespread use of production and export subsidies that replace American textiles. manufacturers in markets both at home and abroad.
We appreciate the Ambassador’s thoughtful approach to dealing with these complex issues in a way that ensures workers and manufacturing sectors are at the center of the trade approach with China.
We appreciate Ambassador Tai and the Biden administration recognizing the critical need for a strong and resilient manufacturing sector and look forward to working closely with the administration to implement a strategic vision that helps strengthen our middle class.
Posted on October 4, 2021
Source: The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO)