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National Council of Textile Organizations Testifies in D.C. on China Tariffs

NCTO president Auggie Tantillo appeared on May 17 as a witness to voice support for Section 301 of the tariffs. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) president and CEO Auggie Tantillo testifies at the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Office on proposed China tariffs. Tantillo appeared on May 17 as a witness to voice support for Section 301 of the tariffs.

“The U.S. textile industry strongly supports the Trump administration’s Section 301 case to sanction China’s rampant intellectual property rights theft,” says Tantillo, adding that the NCTO urges the administration to “include textile and apparel end products in any Section 301 retaliatory tariff action against China.”

In his testimony to the USTR, Tantillo stresses that China’s domination of textile markets “has clearly been aided by its rampant theft of U.S. textile intellectual property.” He cites instances such as violations of patents on high-performance fibers, yarns, and fabrics as well as infringement of copyrighted designs on home textiles as attempts by the country to gain pricing advantages “through blatantly illegal activities.” 

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Tantillo (Image courtesy NCTO)

“Putting 301 tariffs on Chinese textile and apparel exports would send a long overdue signal that these predatory actions will no longer be tolerated,” Tantillo adds.

In addition to Tantillo’s testimony, industry peers the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) submitted a joint statement to the USTR on Section 301 considerations.

The testimony comes in a series of recent moves by the NCTO to maintain its presence in the ongoing debate of international trade. In 2017, the organization testified on potential NAFTA renegotiations and voiced support for President Trump’s “Buy American” executive order.

To read Tantillo’s full testimony, visit http://bit.ly/2k9hv1u.

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