NCTO Supports Administration’s Proposals on Economic Stimulus in Coronavirus Response
Rejects Importer Attempts to Remove China 301 Tariffs on Finished Products
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum U.S. textiles from fiber through finished sewn products, issued a statement today welcoming the Trump administration’s proposals on an economic stimulus package to gird the economy against the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, but the organization urged officials to reject any attempts by importers to remove China 301 tariffs on finished products as part of any relief package.
As part of a Phase One deal with China, the administration reduced duties on finished apparel and textile products implemented on Sept.1 from 15 percent to 7.5 percent. Finished apparel, home furnishings and other made-up textile goods equate to 93.5 percent of U.S. imports from China in the sector; while fiber, yarn, and fabric imports from China only represent 6.5 percent, according to government data.
NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, including artificial and synthetic filament and fiber producers.
U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 594,147 in 2018.
The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $76.8 billion in 2018.
U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $30.1 billion in 2018.
Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2.0 billion in 2017, the last year for which data is available.