Petition to Rescind the 15% Tariff on the Bridal & Prom Industry

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Dear Friends,

The United States Trade Representative’s office has agreed to open the hearing process on potential exemptions from the 15% tariff that hit our industry on September 1, 2019.

As President of the American Bridal and Prom Industry Association (ABPIA), I will return to Washington, DC to testify to seek this relief. I have testified twice previously, but this third trip will be our most important effort to get out from under these egregious taxes.

As we know, the 15% tariff has hit the industry hard, which in turn will mean higher prices for the 10 million brides, bridesmaids,and mother of the bride/groom consumer, as well as for the approximate 4 million+ Prom girls and special occasion customers we serve annually.

But our request for an exemption is not based solely on the increased costs that will ultimately be borne by our customers. It is also based on the reality that we as an industry can not produce our goods domestically and therefore have to rely on off-shore production.

Additionally, as 85% of our dresses are manufactured in and imported from China, transitioning this production to another country requires a lengthy process to ensure availability, product quality, and consistent deliveries.

So, I ask you, please sign this petition acknowledging that:

- Tariffs are detrimentally impacting the tens of thousands of predominantly women owned small businesses in the United States, serving the over 14 million brides and Prom girls annually;
- Tariffs, and the corresponding increase in consumer prices, will enable offshore Chinese factories and websites to dupe the consumer by selling direct look-alike counterfeit goods at a discount... without having to pay duties, tariffs or taxes;
- An exemption is warranted as there is no possibility for short term or long term domestic production.

By doing so, I can prove to The United States Trade Representative’s office that I am not fighting this battle alone!

Stephen N. Lang
CEO, Mon Cheri Bridals