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Tariffs Paid By Louisiana Businesses Have Increased Eightfold, According to Data Released at a Town Hall with Former Congressman Dr. Charles Boustany

December 13, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Most recent monthly data shows Louisiana businesses paid $19 million in tariffs on products subject to new Trump tariffs during October; more than eight times what was paid on the same products last year Louisiana businesses have now paid an extra $85 million in import tariffs Louisiana exports are also paying the price for trade war, as local farmers and manufacturers have faced $39 million in new retaliatory tariffs on goods exported out of the state FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: matt@tariffshurt.com or melanie@tariffshurt.com (LAFAYETTE, LA) – A group of representatives from Louisiana’s business and manufacturing community joined Tariffs Hurt the […]

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New Tariff Data Shows October Was the Highest Tariffed Month in U.S. History

December 7, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

U.S. businesses paid $6.2 billion in tariffs in October including $2.8 billion in new tariffs on products that have been targeted by the Trump Administration  Data shows that tariffs have failed to achieve any stated Administration goals: US imports subject to new tariffs declined by just 0.6% in October, while US exports subject to retaliation fell 37%; Businesses are still importing goods while paying higher taxes, exports are falling, trade deficit is growing Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman Charles Boustany: “The numbers don’t lie. Americans are paying these taxes and they’re paying more than ever before.” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Matt@TariffsHurt.com or Melanie@TariffsHurt.com (Washington, […]

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U.S. businesses paid $6.2 billion in tariffs in October including $2.8 billion in new tariffs on products that have been targeted by the Trump Administration 

Data shows that tariffs have failed to achieve any stated Administration goals: US imports subject to new tariffs declined by just 0.6% in October, while US exports subject to retaliation fell 37%; Businesses are still importing goods while paying higher taxes, exports are falling, trade deficit is growing

Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman Charles Boustany: “The numbers don’t lie. Americans are paying these taxes and they’re paying more than ever before.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Matt@TariffsHurt.com or Melanie@TariffsHurt.com

(Washington, D.C.) – New data released today by Tariffs Hurt the Heartland and compiled by The Trade Partnership from monthly U.S. government data shows an unprecedented increase in import tariffs and falling U.S. exports due to new tariffs and international retaliation. The data, which is drawn from U.S. Census statistics on tariffs, includes the first look at the full weight of tariffs that have been imposed on $200 billion in Chinese imports and the impacts of retaliation from that action. The data shows that the $6.2 billion in tariffs paid by U.S.businesses in October 2018 is the highest monthly amount in U.S. history. It is also more than double what businesses paid in tariffs in October last year.

“The numbers don’t lie,” said Tariffs Hurt the Heartland spokesman and former Congressman Charles Boustany. Americans are paying these taxes and they’re paying more than ever before. These tariffs are not making our country wealthier, they are doing the exact opposite. This data shows that tariffs have been an unmitigated failure in achieving any of the Administration’s goals. All that’s happening is businesses and consumers are paying more, American exports subject to retaliation are rapidly declining, and the deficit the Administration cares so much about is ballooning”

Today’s data shows that the Administration tariff policy has failed to achieve any of its stated goals and has, in fact,helped to grow the trade deficit that the Administration has prioritized addressing. The data shows that US imports subject to new tariffs declined just 0.6% in October, while US exports subject to retaliation fell 37%. In other words, U.S. businesses are still importing goods, they are just being taxed more, while exports are falling on those products that have been targeted by retaliatory tariffs. This trend is even more prominent when it comes to data for China 301 tariffs: US imports subject to Section 301 tariffs increased by 2% in October, while US exports subject to 301 retaliation plummeted 42%.

“We are now seeing the raw data behind the stories of tariff pain that are coming in from every corner of the country,” former Congressman Boustany added. “American businesses, farmers, manufacturers and consumers are suffering under the weight of the current tariffs and are reeling from the continued uncertainty over whether they will be increased even further.”

The Tariff Tracker: The data released today is part of a monthly Tariff Tracker that Tariffs Hurt the Heartland has launched in conjunction with The Trade Partnership, who compiles monthly data released by the U.S. government. The monthly import data is calculated using data from the Census Bureau. The monthly export data is compiled based on Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Agriculture data. As part of the Tariff Tracker project, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is releasing data on how individual states have been impacted by increased import tariffs and declining exports.

Tariffs Hurt the Heartland is the nationwide, non-partisan campaign opposing tariffs that is supported by over 150 trade associations from every industry. Tariffs Hurt the Heartland has been holding town hall meetings on the tariff impact in communities across the country. The campaign is also airing ads across 11 states in the Midwest that describe the impact of tariff increases on consumers and has launched an interactive map tracking the tariff impact on American employers.

More details on October 2018 Tariff Tracker data:

Imports:

Overall: Tariffs cost American companies $6.2 billion in October. Tariffs paid increased $3.1 billion (104%) compared to October 2017, despite an increase of just 13% in the value of imports.

Trump Tariffs: Trump administration tariffs cost American companies an extra $2.8 billion in October. Products subject to the Trump administration actions currently in place faced $3.2 billion in tariffs in October, compared to just $407 million in October 2017. The large increase in tariffs came despite a slight decline in the value of imports.

China 301: China Section 301 tariffs cost American companies about $2.2 billion in October. Products subject to the Section 301 remedies faced $2.6 billion in tariffs in October, compared to just $394 million in October 2017. This is the first month reflecting 10% “List 3” tariffs, which could rise to 25% unless the United States and China reach a deal during their 90-day negotiation period.

Steel and Aluminum 232 Tariffs: Section 232 steel tariffs alone have cost American companies $2.3 billion, including $446 million in October. These products were all duty free before the Section 232 tariffs went into effect in March. Section 232 aluminum tariffs alone cost American companies about$124 million in October. Aluminum products subject to the Section 232 remedies faced $134 million in tariffs in October, compared to just $10 million in October 2017. The large increase in tariffs came despite a 4% decrease in the value of imports.

Steel Tariffs:

Aluminum Tariffs:

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Georgia Faces 35% Increase in Tariff Costs, According to New Data Released at Atlanta Town Hall with Farmers and Business Owners

November 29, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

As President Trump prepares for major meeting on tariff negotiations at G20, American small businesses in Atlanta share their stories of being hurt by tariffs ATLANTA, GA – A group of representatives from Georgia’s agriculture and small business communities joined Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, at a town hall today to debut new economic data detailing the impact of tariffs on the state’s economy. The data, compiled by the Trade Partnership, shows that tariffs cost Georgia businesses almost $205 million in September. That represents a 35 percent increase in tariff-related costs since the same point […]

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New Tariffs on Christmas Lights Arrive Just in Time for the Holiday Season

November 28, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

As President Trump prepares to light the National Christmas Tree, businesses face higher tariffs on a holiday staple  10 percent tariff on the majority of Christmas lights sold in stores represents another tax on American businesses and consumers; Christmas light tariffs will rise to 25 percent on January 1st 2019 WASHINGTON, DC – The majority of Christmas lights sold across the United States are being hit with a new tariff by the Trump Administration, stemming from the Section 301 tariff dispute. The import tariff is being paid by American businesses who import the product. Because there are no major American Christmas […]

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President’s Visit to Tennessee on Sunday Highlights Sting Caused By Latest Wave of Tariffs

November 2, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Across Tennessee, Businesses, Workers and Families Facing New Taxes Thanks to Recent Trade War Escalation QUOTE FROM TARIFFS HURT THE HEARTLAND SPOKESMAN BRIAN KUEHL: “The longer this trade war goes on, the worse it will get for Tennessee. Tariffs have already caused long-term damage to farmers who rely on exports to make a living. Their overseas markets are disappearing – possibly for good. Now we are seeing the negative effects throughout Tennessee’s economy. It’s clear that the trade war needs to come to an end before the pain gets any worse.” HEADLINE: ‘TARIFFS ARE HURTING TENNESSEE.’ “Mexico, Canada and the […]

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Missouri Continues to Feel Tariff Fallout Ahead of Trump Rally

November 1, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

QUOTE FROM ALAN WEBER, FARMER AND AGRICULTURAL ECONOMIST, MARSHALL, MO: “Tariffs have already done significant damage to Missouri’s agriculture industry – and that’s just part of the story. Across the state, farmers, manufacturers, small businesses, workers, and families are facing increased costs, fewer jobs, and higher prices because of tariffs. Unfortunately, unless the trade war ends, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.” TARIFF EFFECT ON MISSOURI IS ‘NOT SUSTAINABLE.’ “’Definitely the tariffs are the biggest negative thing we’ve seen,’ said Adam Jones, a farmer from Old Monroe in Lincoln County. ‘It feels odd to see […]

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Former Republican Congressman Dr. Charles Boustany to Join Tariffs Hurt the Heartland as Spokesman

November 1, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Louisiana Congressman will help tell the stories of business owners, farmers and families hurt by the trade war as part of the growing nationwide, non-partisan campaign against tariffs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 Contact: melanie@tariffshurt.com (Washington, D.C.) – Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide, non-partisan campaign against tariffs, today announced that former Republican Congressman Dr. Charles Boustany will join the campaign as a spokesman. Congressman Boustany is a trade expert with over a decade of experience working across party lines on trade policies in Congress, including on […]

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New Data on Tariff Impacts on Florida Released as President Trump Visits Sunshine State to Tout Economy

October 31, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

As he visits Florida today, President Trump should listen to Floridians bearing the costs of the trade war This week Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, unveiled new data that showed how tariffs are directly impacting Florida’s economy. The statistics, which were compiled by The Trade Partnership, revealed that tariffs cost Florida businesses $122 million in the month of August alone. This represents a 49-percent increase in tariff-related costs compared to this point last year. These costs are borne directly by the hardworking Florida taxpayers that the administration promised to protect. “When Florida businesses are hurt by higher tariffs, those costs are […]

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New Data Shows Impact of Trade War on Indiana Soybean Farmers and Pork Producers

October 26, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

Soybean exports to China from the Hoosier state have plummeted 34% so far this year while pork exports to Mexico that had been growing declined precipitously following tariff announcement New data released as President Trump comes to Indianapolis to make his case to farmers at the National FFA Convention and Expo FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact: Matt@tariffshurt (Washington, D.C.) – New data released today shows that soybeans, the dominant Indiana farm export to China, have been hit hard by tariffs imposed […]

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New Data Reveals Dramatic Jump in Tariff-Related Costs; Impacts Discussed at Town Hall with Wisconsin Manufacturers, Farmers and Business Owners

October 25, 2018 by Melanie Lehnhardt | Category: News |

WAUKESHA, WI – Wisconsin farmers, manufacturers and business owners joined Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, a nationwide grassroots campaign against tariffs, at a town hall today to unveil new economic data detailing the impact of tariffs on Wisconsin’s economy. The data, compiled by the Trade Partnership, shows that tariffs cost Wisconsin businesses almost $95 million in August alone. That represents a 47 percent increase in tariff-related costs since the same point last year—even though the value of imports only increased 13 percent over that period. These costs fall squarely on the backs of farmers, manufacturers, small business owners, and their employees […]

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