Could Tariffs Hurt the Fourth of July?
A fireworks group says, "yes"
A lot of associations are feeling the impacts of the trade war between the U.S. and China—but perhaps none more explosively than the American Pyrotechnics Association.
APA, whose primary product is closely associated with the Fourth of July, argued last week before U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that fireworks should not be included on the list of proposed tariffs of goods from China.
In her comments to Lighthizer, APA Executive Director Julie Heckman noted that the association supported many of the goals around trade relations with China, but said that American jobs in the fireworks industry would be negatively affected by the proposal—in large part because nearly all consumer fireworks and three-quarters of professional grade fireworks are produced in China, largely through two dominant companies.
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