The National Council of Textile Organisations (NCTO) has applauded the recent Section 301 tariff announcement by the Trump administration to resolve longstanding trade inequities with China. The organisation believes the administration’s continued focus on added tariffs on upstream textile inputs while thus far refusing to impose tariffs on finished Chinese textile home furnishing and apparel is flawed.
NCTO also thanked the Trump administration for removing various items from the latest retaliation list, including rayon fibre and certain dyes and chemicals. The US textiles industry requested the exclusion of these products because they are not available domestically and China is the only significant source of supply. NCTO is a Washington, DC-based non-for-profit trade association established to represent the full spectrum of the US textiles sector, from fibres to yarns to fabrics to finished products, as well as suppliers of numerous support services such as trucking, banking, chemicals, and other such sectors that have a stake in the prosperity and survival of the US textiles industry.