Issuing A Call to Action Against Low-Dollar, Unethical, Dangerous, and Tax-Free Chinese Imports
March 6, 2024

The United States and our leaders face a critical juncture in the ever-evolving global trade landscape. Recent reports from The Wall Street Journal shed light on a concerning trend: an exponential import surge under a trade provision known as the de minimis loophole.

This loophole, often exploited by e-commerce giants like Temu and Shein, allows duty-free entry of packages valued under $800 with minimal scrutiny, facilitating the influx of goods into the American market. We undermine our economic interests, health, and safety with each “low dollar” package delivered.

As representatives entrusted with safeguarding our nation’s interests, AMMA is grateful for the bipartisan efforts to address this pressing issue and fortify our domestic manufacturing sector. But there is much more work to be done.

Recently, Rep. Mike Gallagher, Chair of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, shared a staggering statistic. In fiscal year 2024 alone, over 485 million packages entered the U.S. through the de minimis provision, representing a significant increase from previous years. This influx undermines fair trade practices and poses a grave threat to American jobs and industries. By exploiting this loophole, foreign companies, including those alleged to utilize forced labor, gain an unfair advantage over domestic businesses, perpetuating a cycle of economic imbalance.

The urgency of this situation demands decisive action. Bipartisan voices, including legislators such as Rep. Gallagher and Ranking Member Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, have advocated for reforms to curb the misuse of the de minimis provision. Furthermore, Senators Sherrod Brown and Rick Scott have underscored the detrimental impact of this loophole on U.S. manufacturers and called upon President Biden to take executive action.

Comprehensive measures must be implemented to safeguard American interests and promote fair trade practices.

AMMA and its members see this issue very clearly. This is about the preservation of American jobs and industries.

In the global market for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the unchecked flow of imports facilitated by the de minimis loophole is yet another means to erode public safety. It also impacts domestic manufacturers’ competitive opportunities and compromises our workforce’s integrity.

Let’s be clear. When foreign entities bypass tariffs and regulations, we undermine American businesses’ hard work and innovation. That’s why our leaders must enact policies prioritizing our manufacturing sector’s growth and sustainability.

Beyond the immediate threat to domestic industries, the unchecked import surge poses broader economic risks.

Law enforcement agencies have highlighted the potential for smuggling contraband, including dangerous substances like fentanyl, through these channels. Moreover, the prevalence of goods allegedly made with forced labor in China raises ethical concerns. By closing the de minimis loophole and enforcing stricter regulations, we can mitigate these risks and uphold the principles of fair trade and ethical sourcing.

As we navigate the complexities of global trade, adopting a forward-thinking approach that prioritizes economic resilience and sovereignty is imperative. The resurgence of an unchecked surge of unethically produced, taxpayer-subsidized, and potentially dangerous products risks another “China shock” where cheap goods endanger jobs and safety.

Here is our call to action to our elected leaders: You are the stewards of our nation’s interests. We urge you to heed this call to action and take decisive steps to address this pressing issue. Close loopholes. Strengthen regulations.Support domestic industries – especially ones like PPE that maintain our national health and safety infrastructure. American Medical Manufacturers Association members stand ready to work with every relevant congressional committee to advance legislation addressing this issue.

Join us, our employees, and our medical industry partners, and let’s stand united in our commitment to safeguarding American jobs, industries, and values against the tide of unfair trade practices. You can lead us toward a more resilient and prosperous future for the United States.