AHAM expresses concern for new tariffs on home appliances


The Trump administration’s has imposed tariffs on another 200 billion dollar of products imported from China. This latest round of tariffs took effect on September 24 at a rate of 10 percent and will increase on January 1, 2019 to 25 percent. China announced retaliatory tariffs and, thus, it is likely that the U.S. will propose a fourth list of tariffs which could include even more home appliances.
According to AHAM, the Association of Home Appliances Manufacturers of North America, this initiative will have a direct impact on home appliance manufacturers, because increasing manufacturers’ costs is likely, in many cases, to increase prices for consumers.
Ā«As an industry, AHAM’s members – Jennifer Cleary, AHAM’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, stated – have been successful global traders for decades, and support free and fair trade that allows for unfettered competition that drives innovation and operational efficiencies in the marketplace. This latest round of tariffs pulls consumers’ homes into the middle of an international trade dispute. We support the administration’s goal of addressing China’s policies and practices related to intellectual property and innovation, but we continue to believe that these tariffs will not effectively do that and will instead increase consumer costs and divert company resources away from innovating and bringing new features to their customersĀ».
Even after AHAM testified opposing tariffs for certain products, the final tariff list still includes dozens of components and parts necessary in the manufacture of most major and small appliances and vacuum cleaners as well as numerous finished products, including, refrigerator- freezers and their parts; room and portable air conditioners; dehumidifiers; ventilation hoods and their parts; microwave oven parts; wine chillers; hair clippers and their parts; shaver parts; countertop ovens; portable electric heaters; irons; and vacuum cleaners, floor polishers, and carpet sweepers and their parts.
In AHAM opinion, these tariffs, in addition to the tariffs on imported steel and aluminum upon which home appliance manufacturers in the U.S. rely, are taxes. And higher prices for American consumers is the likely result of increased costs to import home appliances and the parts and materials needed to make and service them in America. American manufacturing jobs could also be lost.