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Welcome to Voices on Tariffs, a new series elevating the voices of American business owners, farmers, manufacturers and workers who have felt the effects of tariffs and trade wars. Click here to learn more about the impact tariffs are having on Americans and check back weekly for new installments.
In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Ed Vierling, CEO of Sharon Young Inc., a Dallas-based women’s apparel company, discussed the uncertainty for his business in the face of the Dec. 15 tariffs: “I’ve been a little in denial... I’m hoping he [President Trump] tweets that it’s all being put on hold.”
“It’s difficult enough in normal times because nobody really needs clothes, they go out and buy some when they feel good and cut back when they’re nervous. But it’s really difficult when someone takes control of your business,” he added. He later called the tariffs “devastating.”
American businesses and consumers continue to bear the burden of the global trade war, and tariffs are inflicting harm on businesses, farmers, manufacturers, workers and families. The result is higher costs for American businesses and consumers on commonly used products and materials, sapping the vitality of the U.S. economy. Learn more at Trade Works, Tariffs Don’t.