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AFFTA urges Trump to reach trade agreement with China

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Ben Bulis, AFFTA President, has called on the Trump administration to reach a trade agreement with China ‘as quickly as possible’.

The body that represents the fly fishing tackle trade in the US has called on the Trump administration to reach a trade agreement with China as quickly as possible.

Ben Bulis, President of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) has called the tariffs on goods from China an ‘excessive’ burden for the fly fishing industry.

He was speaking after the US Government increased tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25% after talks in Washington failed to produce a breakthrough. President Donald Trump also threatened to impose additional levies on virtually everything China exports to the US as punishment for what he said was Beijing’s attempt to ‘renegotiate’ a trade deal.

Bulis said: “The backbone of the fly fishing industry is small to mid-sized business. It is locally-owned and employs people from the area. From speciality retail shops, guides and outfitters, to the manufacturers who develop and produce the gear that they rely on for their livelihood, we are a significant part of our nation’s growing outdoor economy, contributing more than $10 billion annually.

“This increase on top of the already harmful tariffs imposed over the last 10 months will only make it more difficult and costly for our industry’s businesses and the local economies that rely on them to stay viable. The increase will further stifle innovation, force unfair and highly expensive production changes, inhibit the free markets and freeze – or worse – cut employment.

“Even further, this increase will saddle American consumers, including over 10 million fly fishermen, with the true pass-through cost of the tariffs above and beyond the $69 billion they have already paid over the last 10 months in the form of significantly more expensive goods and services.

“We call on the administration to reach a trade agreement as quickly as possible that will end this unfair and unnecessary threat to an immensely valuable small business service sector in an undeniably strong and growing outdoor economy.

“The livelihoods of hardworking Americans should not be used as a bargaining chip.”

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