IHA Comes Out Against New Round Of Proposed Tariffs

The International Housewares Association is speaking out against the latest round of tariffs being proposed by the Trump Administration, with the IHA’s chairman labeling the new tariffs now being discussed as potentially “disruptive.”

Recently announced by the United States Trade Representatives, the proposed tariffs would impact $200 billion in goods imported from China, which includes a host of housewares product categories.

“IHA, through its Government Affairs Committee and Washington, DC, office, has maintained a free and fair trade and anti-tariff position,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president and CEO. “Until the recently announced additional wave of tariffs, the housewares industry was relatively unscathed. However, with the potential impact of these proposed tariffs, now is the time for IHA to galvanize our membership and let the government know how housewares suppliers and, ultimately, consumers will be affected.”

The IHA has joined a coalition of the National Retail Federation in opposing the tariffs and is also working to provide comment during the public hearings scheduled by the USTR in August. IHA chairman Brett Bradshaw, co-president of Bradshaw Holdings, would represent the association and address how the tariffs affect his company specifically and the industry as a whole.

“Over the past 40 to 50 years, the U.S. housewares industry has become a part of the global economy, with products manufactured across the world. Underlying this development was a general belief in free markets and free trade,” said Bradshaw. “Reasonable, fair and reciprocal trade policies between countries often included modest tariffs, which, if consistently applied, made it possible for companies to plan, make investments and grow.”

Bradshaw added that the current proposal to increase tariffs is “disruptive” and has the potential to create an environment of uncertainty that could stifle investments throughout the supply chain, hurting business in countries that manufacture goods as well as here in the United States.

“Cost increases ultimately will be passed on to American consumers, potentially reducing sales and profits for our members and our retail/wholesale customers,” he said.