SIIA Testifies on the Negative Impact of Tariffs at USTR Hearing on Section 301 List 4 Tariffs

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SIIA Testifies on the Negative Impact of Tariffs at USTR Hearing on Section 301 List 4 Tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 24, 2019) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries, testified today at USTR on why tariffs on mobile phones and printed materials harm U.S. businesses and their employees and consumers.

SIIA Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy, Carl Schonander, issued the following statement:

“SIIA agrees with the Administration that Chinese trade and investment practices must change.  However, imposing tariffs is a generally bad idea because they are a tax on the American people.  Today’s testimony, which can be found here, focuses on
mobile phones, connected devices, laptop and tablet computers, printed materials, and books.  Supply chains take a long time to modify and consumers, for instance in the education sector, are often not well placed to absorb price increases stemming from tariffs.

"SIIA urges the Administration to work with allies to gain support for concluding a deal with China that moves China into market-oriented trade and investment policies, respect for its trading partners’ intellectual property, and fair market access for foreign firms in the technology and other sectors."

About SIIA:
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit