PA Companies Attack Trade War

Claim Consumers Pay Up To $1,000 More This Year

Joe DeStio
October 10, 2019 - 4:26 pm
Coalition of Pittsburgh area companies and farmers opposes trade war with China.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The fight against tariffs is heating up as the Trump administration resumes trade talks with China. A coalition of Pennsylvania business and farm leaders called Tariffs Hurt the Heartland says tariffs have cost them $981 million since the trade war began.

"The additional cost to consumers is going to be $700 to $1,000 this year since these tarrifs have been implemented," according to Erica Owen, associate professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

She appeared in a round table discussion in Hazelwood organized by the group Tarrifs Hurt the Heartland.

The local non-profit Cribs for Kids hosted the discussion. The organization buys "cribettes" from China that are safe for infants and babies to sleep in. Executive Director Judy Bannon says they started in 1999 selling the cribs for $49.99. Since the trade war with China the cost has gone up to $54.99 and then $59.99.

Bannon says they will pay 30 percent in tariffs if a planned October 15th increase goes into effect. "Which means that 30 percent fewer babies will be put in a safe sleep environment throughout the country which means we can lose babies lives.

Duquesne-based American Textile Company, the American Chemical Council, the American Apparel & Footwear Association and Lawrence County soybean and corn farmer Rick Telesz participated in the round table.
Tarrifs Hurt the Heartland says the trade war could cost 84,800 jobs in Pennsylvania.

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