Statement By Francine Lamoriello, Executive Vice President, Global Strategies Personal Care Products Council on Importance of Honoring Agreement With Mexico
“The Personal Care Products Council urges the U.S. Administration to work with Congress to resolve our differences with Mexico on cross border trucking commitments negotiated under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In particular, the Administration and Congress should seek to immediately eliminate the 15 percent tariffs recently imposed by Mexico on U.S. manufactured products, specifically personal care products.
“As a global industry, our member companies strongly support free trade and depend on open borders to manufacture, supply, distribute and market a broad array of personal care products that consumers around the world use every day. Our members include manufacturers of finished products, suppliers of raw materials and the ingredients that go into those products, packaging and other industry services.
“Mexico’s recently imposed tariffs affect virtually all personal care products including makeup and skincare, manicure and pedicure preparations, shaving-related goods, hair care products, oral care, deodorants and antiperspirants. In 2008, the value of exports to Mexico, the third largest export market for U.S. personal care products behind Canada and the United Kingdom, was more than $300 million.
“The Council is actively engaged with foreign industry associations, foreign governments, and the U.S. Government to advocate free trade policies and resist technical barriers that would hinder international product development and marketing, and would result in jobs lost at home and abroad. We encourage a speedy resolution.”