GSP expiration has cost our company over $50,000 so far this year. We’ve had to lay off a new hire just last month.
Scott Allman, Logistics Manager
Torrance, CA 90501
We are a small company that imports fine jewelry from Thailand for distribution to retailers in the US, Canada, Mexico and Caribbean.
Since GSP expired last year, we have been forced to downsize our staff. In order to stay solvent, our company needs for the GSP to be reinstated. — Eve Chiles
“In a time of great economic challenges to small businesses already, the last thing we needed was an added financial burden from tariffs. GSP expiration has affected my hiring plans for this year already.”
President, Hardware Renaissance
Santa Fe NM 87507
Our company depends on GSP to get the right product to the right client at a good price. Without it we may have to lay off some employees or even close.
— Allan Zadik
Houston, TX 77077
“My company manufactures belts in the city of San Francisco. We are one of the last remaining US manufacturers in our industry. We have utilized all of the technological innovations available to us to remain competitive in our field. We employ 125 people in our factory. The leather we use from overseas is no longer available domestically, and we count on GSP to help maintain our viability as a manufacturer.”
San Francisco, CA 94124
GSP expiration has cost my company more than $50,000. We import fishing equipment and baseball equipment and the higher duties we have been paying has caused us to be much less competitive than in the past and has hurt our sales.
— Mark Hall
Manager, Commercial Fishing Division
Fitec International Inc.
We’ve paid significant new tariffs on imports of High Voltage Insulators from India. With the competitive nature of our business, supplying to the Electric Utility industry, we are not able to pass along these increases. As a Small Business, additional costs have a greater effect on us than most companies. —
Newell, West Virginia
JBH Intertrade is a small company, specializing in imports of processed fruit and vegetable products. Suspension of GSP has made certain products we import non-viable and may jeopardize our business plan going forward.
We have plans to hire some additional staff over the next 2 years. Unfortunately, the areas requiring additional staff are also those directly impacted by GSP. — Jack Hartog, President
We’ve been importing chromium trioxide from Kazakhstan for several years. The payment of duties because of GSP expiration has hurt our competitiveness, caused us to lose sales, and reduced our need for warehouse labor due to the lower sales volume.
Reinstatement of the GSP program will enable us to resume our company’s growth (and the resultant employment). —
Hunter Chemical LLC
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Our company imports components for trucks that are sold in the USA as well as re-exported around the world. Not having GSP in place is making US exports less competitive and reduces our ability to recruit people & grow our company.
— Andy Sagar
Michex International Inc.
Houston, TX 77068