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Take Action Support The Promotional Products Industry
The promotional products industry plays an important role in the U.S. economy, comprised primarily of small business owners. Sharing the importance of the promotional products industry helps ensure that our message about this useful and dynamic industry is protected.
Take Action Tariffs Pose Harm to the Promotional Products Industry
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced an additional $200 billion in Chinese products that will be subject to 10 percent tariffs under the Section 301 investigation. The initial list of Section 301 tariffs went into effect July 6. Immediately thereafter, China announced its own list of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products. In response to the Chinese retaliation, the U.S. has announced a new list, which is an expansion of the initial list of Section 301 tariffs. The new list will pursue the same regulatory procedures as the first list, including a public commenting period and a hearing.
The latest list of tariffs includes several items that relate to the promotional products industry. Items such as handbags, luggage, headgear and LEDs can be found on the new list of tariffs. Components such as machinery parts and a wide variety of fabrics are also on the new list of tariffs. The level of the latest list proposed list of tariffs is set at 10 percent, and would apply to $200 billion worth of imports from China.
Imposing tariffs on products such as handbags and apparel would raise prices for American consumers and promotional products industry companies, and would not do much to address the problems that stem from unfair trade practices.
Please contact your elected officials and urge them to oppose this harmful tariff announcement.
Take Action Global Value Chains and the Promotional Products Industry
The promotional products industry relies on global supply chains. Although most promotional products are manufactured overseas, once in the U.S., these products are decorated by U.S. workers. They are sold by U.S. workers. They are used to promote U.S. goods and services.
Global value chains operate more broadly than supply chains. Global value chains encompass the full range of activities that firms and workers are involved in to bring a product or service from its conception to its end use and beyond. The shift among many globally competitive companies to focus on core competencies and outsource other activities has led to the creation of global value chains that cross professional and national boundaries.
Indeed, the promotional products industry contributes significant economic benefit throughout the U.S. economy. In doing so, this industry also contributes to a vibrant and diverse eco-system of international coalitions that serve the United States well.
Write your member of Congress to educate them about the benefits of global value chains.
Take Action Preserve Deductibility of Advertising Expenditures
Help to educate your elected officials on the importance deductibility of advertising expenditures are too small and growing businesses and it's impact to the promotional products industry.
Take Action Independent Contractors and the Promotional Products Industry
Independent Contractors play a vital role in the promotional products industry. Write your member of congress to preserve the Independent Contractor designation and preserve Section 530 of the Revenue Act.
Take Action Support The Save Local Business Act
For decades, the joint employer standard has protected small businesses from liability involving employees over which they do not have actual or direct control. A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board has put pressure on primary companies to assert more authority over small businesses to limit their new liability in federal labor law. As a result, small business operators may no longer have control over the business that they have built, nor will the employees that they have hired and trained be able to depend on the operator for their livelihoods.
We are asking that you join with us in taking action to urge Congress to pass the Save Local Business Act which would establish a simple definition for “joint employer” and eliminate the likelihood of small business being directly affected.
Take Action Make A Call
This link gives you the opportunity to share with your elected officials the issues that matter most to the promotional products industry. Today, your elected official is just a phone call away for you to share the importance of these issues.