Business Community Opposes Tariffs on Mexico

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 2:00pm

Imposing unilateral tariffs on Mexico harms businesses and consumers while jeopardizing Congressional approval of USMCA


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, 140 business and agriculture associations representing millions of employers across the country issued the following joint statement ahead of the administration's looming June 10 deadline to impose a 5% tariff on all goods imported from Mexico:

"Tariff-free trade in North America is a cornerstone of U.S. economic growth, supporting over 12 million American jobs and lowering prices for American consumers. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a considerable achievement that builds on these benefits by bringing North American trade into the 21st century with provisions that boost digital trade, enhance intellectual property protections, improve trade facilitation and help small businesses. 

"We, the undersigned associations, have committed to work with the Administration and both sides of the aisle in Congress to support congressional passage of USMCA. We are supportive of the constructive discussions members of the Administration have had with Members of Congress. But imposing unilateral tariffs on Mexico jeopardizes a successful bipartisan vote on USMCA and approval of the agreement. 

"Tariffs on Mexican imports would harm U.S. consumers, workers, farmers and businesses of all sizes across all sectors, making us less competitive and undermining efforts to negotiate strong trade deals in the future. We oppose unilateral tariffs and any subsequent retaliation. We are committed to working together to pass USMCA through Congress, but a successful effort depends on keeping North American trade tariff-free."

Associations that signed on to the above statement include:
Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)
Aerospace Industries Association
Association of Home Appliances
American Apparel & Footwear Association
American Association of Exporters and Importers
American Association of Port Authorities
American Automotive Policy Council
American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico 
American Chemistry Council
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Forest & Paper Association
American Frozen Food Institute
American Soybean Association
The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Arizona Manufacturers Council
Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Association of American Railroads
Boise Metro Chamber (Idaho)
Border Trade Alliance
BSA | The Software Alliance
Buffalo Niagara International Trade Gateway Organization
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Business Roundtable
California Chamber of Commerce
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance (Iowa)
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce (South Carolina)
Coalition of Services Industries
Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
Corn Refiners Association
Council of the Americas
Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S.
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce (Wisconsin)
Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce (Illinois)
Farmers for Free Trade
Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Trade Association
Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America 
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas
Gemini Shippers Group
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (Massachusetts)
Greater Des Moines Partnership (Iowa)
Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce (Arizona)
Greater Louisville Inc. (Kentucky)
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce (Florida)
Greater Oro Valley Chamber (Arizona)
Greater Phoenix Chamber (Arizona)
Grocery Manufacturers Association
Hueneme Chamber of Commerce (California)
Industrial Minerals Association - North America
Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. 
International Wood Products Association
Internet Association
Iowa Chamber Alliance
IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association 
Kansas Chamber of Commerce
Kansas Global Trade Services, Inc.
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Lancaster Chamber (Pennsylvania)
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (Michigan)
Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce (Arkansas)
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (California)
Longview Texas Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (California)
Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce (Virginia)
Marana Chamber of Commerce (Arizona)
Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce (Iowa)
Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Mason City Chamber of Commerce (Iowa)
McAllen Chamber of Commerce (Texas)
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Minneapolis Regional Chamber (Minnesota)
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce (Alabama)
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
National Association of Chemical Distributors 
National Association of District Export Councils
National Corn Growers Association
National Electrical Manufacturers Association 
National Foreign Trade Council
National Milk Producers Federation
National Pork Producers Council
National Restaurant Association
National Retail Federation
National Small Business Association
North Carolina Chamber
New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry
New Orleans Chamber
Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce (Arizona)
North American Meat Institute
North American Millers' Association
North American Strategy for Competitiveness 
North Country Chamber of Commerce (New York)
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce (Texas)
North Texas Commission
Orange County Business Council (California)
Outdoor Industry Association
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
Oxnard Chamber of Commerce (California)
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry
Personal Care Products Council
Plastics Industry Association
Plumbing Manufacturers International
Portland Business Alliance (Oregon)
Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce (Alabama)
Precision Metalforming Association
Railway Supply Institute
Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce (Nevada)
Rio Grande Valley Partnership (Texas)
Rogers Lowell Area Chamber Of Commerce (Arkansas)
Rolling Meadows Chamber (Illinois)
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Texas)
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce (California)
San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership (California)
San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce (California)
Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce (Pennsylvania)
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association 
Semiconductor Industry Association
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates
South Bend Regional Chamber (Indiana)
Southern Arizona Chamber of Commerce Association
St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce (Missouri)
Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce (Arizona)
TechNet
Telecommunications Industry Association
Texas Association of Business
Texas Association of Manufacturers
The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association
Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce (Arizona)
U.S. Apple Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Dairy Export Council
U.S. Fashion Industry Association
United States Council for International Business
Vail Valley Partnership (Colorado)
Vinyl Institute
Washington Council on International Trade
Window and Door Manufacturers Association
World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (New York)