PressTV-US firms warn China tariffs to affect cradle to grave

A broad cross-section of companies in the US have warned the administration of President Donald Trump that new tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports will force Americans to pay more for items they use throughout their daily lives, from cradles to coffins.

Six days of public hearings on the proposed duties of up to 25 percent will start on Monday in Washington as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to pressure Beijing for sweeping changes to its economic and trade policies.

In more than 1,400 written comments submitted to the US Trade Representative (USTR) that will be echoed in the hearings, most companies argued that the tariffs will cause harm and higher costs for products ranging from Christmas lights to Halloween costumes to nuclear fuel inputs, while a small number praised the tariffs or asked that they be extended to other products.  

“USTR’s proposed tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese imports…

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