Dear CEO/Executive:

Below are some recent updates in the President’s trade dispute with China as well as reports on how ACMA members have mitigated what could have been a significant disruption to their businesses.

As of last week, companies now have the ability to file for exemptions on any tariffs they might be facing from List 4A. The procedures for requesting exclusions for particular products from the August 2019 action pursuant to Section 301, also known as the tariff actions against China, will be similar to what we’ve seen in other Lists issued by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

What You Must Do
Based on analysis conducted internally by USTR, those ACMA members who sign up for our tariff exemption service, successfully get exclusions when they are able to (1) demonstrate active interest in sourcing from the United States or countries other than China (also referred to as “Third Countries”), (2) getting support from Members of Congress, and (3) building momentum by encouraging others in the industry to file similar exclusion requests.

Success in the Form of a $100k Savings
With others expected to follow, so far at least one ACMA Member has received an exclusion ruling saving that saved the company over $100,000 in tariffs that would have otherwise dramatically impacted sales into the holiday season by making the price untenable for consumers.

If you are already paying tariffs under List 4 and are curious in addressing this risk in a rationale, cost-effective manner, please reach out to Lynn Noble (513-608-4749 lnoble@catalogmailers.org) and we can connect you directly with The Vogel Group to start work on these expensive and impactful tariffs. The service is only available to ACMA members, so if you’re not already a member, click here to join now.

Sincerely,

 

Hamilton Davison
President & Executive Director
American Catalog Mailers Association
hdavison@catalogmailers.org

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