As part of a multi-industry letter coordinated by the Tariffs Hurt the Heartland coalition, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), as well as 23 of the Association’s member companies, expressed concern about the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Specifically, the letter sent to the White House today warns about the long-term impact of tariffs on American businesses and consumers and urges the Administration to negotiate a deal with China that eliminates tariffs.
In total, the letter was signed by 661 groups, including 520 companies and 141 associations representing a wide range of industries including agriculture, apparel and footwear, furniture, manufacturing, retail, and more.
“The sheer number and breadth of industries signing on to this letter is a direct reflection of the size of this threat to the American economy,” said RILA Vice President of International Trade Hun Quach. “From sweaters and shoes to laptops and cell phones and toys—Americans' entire shopping cart will get more expensive if these tariffs go into effect.”
“We are hopeful that as consumers express their concerns about the serious impact these tariffs will have on their family budget, the President will reach a resolution with China that eliminates tariffs and sets our economy back on a path for continued growth.”
The full letter can be read here.
RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.
RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.