As you’ve no doubt heard, President Trump is increasing tariffs on Chinese imports from 10% to 25%, which will significantly impact all sellers of such goods, particularly small companies with limited resources to mitigate the impact. The tariff would cover nearly 6,000 products and parts, such as furniture, apparel, electronics, leather goods, hardware, domestics, bicycles, and plenty other items. If the trade war continues, expect the product listing to expand further to cover virtually 100% of Made in China goods.

Essentially, you have two options: Do nothing and pay the tariffs or file a duty exemption on your own, which without expert help to advise you is less likely to be approved. For ACMA members only, there is fortunately a third, far-more attractive option:

Through a special arrangement, ACMA is now offering members (only) an exclusive subscription service to help provide assistance in preparing, supporting and filing duty exemption requests. The cost to you will be $5,000 for up to five product exemption filings; or $10,000 for twenty product exemption filings. Traditional legal services can cost many times this, depending on the scope of the requests.

Handle It The Right Way
You can certainly file these requests on your own, but the best ones are supported by Members of Congress and trade associations. Given what’s at stake, why not submit the strongest request possible? If the application is successful, it will enable you to not only get an exemption on duties for future imports but you may be able to get a refund on tariffs you previously paid.

We can create the strongest, most compelling exemption applications, and hit hot buttons we know will get consideration – and they will be supported by letters from your Representatives or Senators. As with many things in Washington, it pays to get expertise on your side.

To find out more, call or email Lynn Noble (800-509-9514 to schedule a (free) call with our outside experts. The discussion will enable them to evaluate feasibility given your specific circumstances.

As this trade war could last for a while, possibly getting worse, it could mean the difference between staying in vs. going out of business. If you’re not currently an ACMA member, click here to become one now and gain access to this valuable service. The ACMA has already saved member companies millions in postage. Let us help you through this crisis efficiently and effectively.


Hamilton Davison
President & Executive Director
American Catalog Mailers Association


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