A Resolution to Oppose New Tariffs and Other Barriers that Threaten the Competitiveness of U.S. Businesses, Endanger American Jobs and Increase Costs to Consumers
Austin, Texas (March 22, 2018) The following comment was released today by the Greater Austin Chamber Board of Directors:
"In response to the Trump Administration’s proposed tariffs, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors calls for the Administration to return to a long-standing practice in support of free trade. We call on Congress to oppose new tariffs and other barriers that threaten the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, endanger American jobs and increase costs to consumers. We understand that additional tariffs are being proposed and issued in real time, with the opportunity for public comment. The Austin Chamber intends to do so in opposition to existing proposals."
On March 8, 2018, President Trump issued a proclamation imposing a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports into the U.S. from worldwide markets. Despite the exemption of NAFTA countries and the opportunity for individual companies to file an exemption request, these tariffs would have far reaching consequences on not only the steel and aluminum industry, but also other industries that import/export in Central Texas.
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Mike Berman, SVP Communications and Marketing
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Greater Austin Chamber
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce focuses on how the Austin Region works. We serve as the voice of business for 2,800 organizations representing a combined workforce of about 330,000 employees throughout Central Texas. Our mission is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for members.