Fragrance Community Pushes For Tariff Relief In Name Of COVID19 Fight
Fragrance industry advocates say 10% to 15% of raw materials used in fragrance come from China, many subject to tariffs imposed in the US-China trade war. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for tariff relief, as fragrance plays a vital role in germ-killing and personal hygiene products in high demand, commenters tell the USTR.
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“With some products facing tariffs as high as 30%, many businesses will have no choice but to pass along those costs to consumers,” an industry coalition called Americans for Free Trade asserted in an August letter to President Donald Trump in response to proposed escalations of tariffs on Chinese goods. “Price increases will likely hit shoppers just as they are making their holiday purchases,” the group noted.
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