25% Cost Increase in the Fireworks? Let Your Voice be Heard!

Your Immediate Help Is Needed To Request An Exemption From A 25% Tariff On The Fireworks CARP and other non-profits sell.

Background
The escalating trade clash between the United States and China has many U.S. companies on edge on how it will impact the cost of their goods that are sourced in China.  The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has published a list of approximately $300 billion of goods imported from China—including fireworks — on which the USTR is proposing to impose additional tariffs of up to 25%.  These tariffs could potentially be imposed on consumer fireworks as well as public display fireworks damaging the fundraising potential of thousands of nonprofits and forcing many communities to discontinue 4th of July fireworks shows because of the escalating cost.

TNT Fireworks, through the American Pyrotechnic Association, has filed a request to appear and testify at the public hearing scheduled for June 17, 2019 in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Trade Commission.  The USTR is also accepting public comments on the proposed tariffs on its website.  However, those public comments must be made by the June 17th hearing.

We are respectfully requesting that you file comments
We would like to respectfully request and urge you to file an individual letter with the USTR independent of our comments.  It is extremely important that as many stakeholders as possible submit comments, telling their story about the impact of the proposed tariffs on their community.

To assist you in this effort, we have prepared the below text that you can “clip and paste” then click on the comment box for the USTR (click here) and drop it in with any additional commentary that you would like to make.

Included below is the letter that we recommend you copy and paste.

Thank you for your support.

Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer
U.S. Trade Representative
600 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20508

RE: Docket No. USTR-2019-0004: Comments Concerning Proposed Modification of Action Pursuant to Section 301: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation

Dear Ambassador Lighthizer:

For decades, nonprofit organizations have been there to take care of community needs not covered by private resources and government programs.  For the last decade, or more, we have continued to provide critical services in our communities while scrambling to cope with …

    • Donations being down;
    • Government funding being decimated at all levels and across all programs; and
    • The need for social services, education support and youth services skyrocketing.

In the face of this perfect storm, thousands upon thousands of nonprofits in communities throughout 49 of the 50 states have raised the critical funds they need for their community programs by selling fireworks.  We have ranged from well-established organizations that deliver critical services for large numbers of people to tiny groups that fill a very specific niche with the help that we provide.

Imposing a 25% tariff on fireworks will decrease the revenues that we have to fund our programs reducing our bottom line substantially.

The vast majority of our customers have a defined budget for their backyard fireworks celebrations and will now be extremely disappointed that their budget will not afford them the kind of celebration that they would like to have of our nation’s birthday.

We support the Administration’s efforts to negotiate meaningful, long-term solutions with the Chinese government.  However, the broad scope of proposed tariffs is harmful to nonprofit organizations like ours.  Fireworks are not a high-tech product covered by Chinese industrial policy.  China is the global supplier of fireworks and currently, there are no other countries that can manufacture these types of products.

We urge you to exclude public display and legal consumer fireworks from the proposed list of products subject to increased tariffs.  Thank you for your consideration of our plea.

Sincerely,